Arsenal and Liverpool are battling it out for £20 million-rated Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo, who has replaced Fernando Llorente as the top Spanish striker in this summer’s transfer market.
26-year old Negredo was fielded twice by Vicente del Bosque during Spain’s triumphant Euro 2012 campaign, starting the all-Iberian semifinal clash against Portugal.
And despite not finding the net in the competition, his performances in La Liga have helped the striker gain a lot of attention around Europe.
Having scored 40 goals in his last two seasons combined, Negredo quickly became one of Arsenal’s top transfer targets after Van Persie’s exit claims, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger reportedly waiting for the Dutchman to seal a move away from the club before launching a bid of the Spaniard.
However, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also joined the chasing pack for the centre-forward, seeing Negredo as an able replacement for Anfield misfit Andy Carroll.
The Reds have an offer lined up for Negredo if their bid to acquire AS Roma frontman Fabio Borini fails, with Sevilla ready to make a handy profit out of the player they bought from Real Madrid for £12 million in 2009.