Liverpool move for Arsenal striker as Benteke exit near

Liverpool are set to make an approach for out-of-favour Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, with £25m being the figure suggested for the England man.

Walcott has made 15 league starts in what was another injury effected season, however having been on the bench some 20 times, it’s clear the 27-year-old has yet to convince boss Arsene Wenger that he should be a first team regular, and a goal-scoring record of two in his last 21 league matches, further damages his claim to start as a striker rather than on the right wing, his favoured position.

Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp had pace strikers like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund, and Walcott’s similarity could be a key factor in any move. Current Reds striker Cristian Benteke has not enjoyed a positive season, having netted only three times in 30 matches, and the Belgian has himself suggested he could be set for a move away from Anfield this summer:

“When Klopp arrived I saw that I wasn’t in his plans. That was frustrating because I knew that during my first season at Aston Villa he wanted me. But we had several discussions together – I respect and I understand his decisions. I’ll think about if after the Euros.”

 

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