Konstantinos Mitroglou Reportedly Wanted by Arsenal and Liverpool

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2013

PIRAEUS, GREECE - AUGUST 25:  Konstantinos Mitroglou of Olympiacos FC in action during the greek Super League match between Olympiacos FC and Atromitos FC at Karaiskakis Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Piraeus, Greece.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Liverpool are currently tied atop the Premier League, but it seems the two sides will go head-to-head in a battle to land Greece striker Konstantinos Mitroglou.

As reported by Gazzetta.gr via David Wright of the Daily Star, the Olympiacos forward is currently being courted by a number of European teams:

Reports from Gazzetta.gr suggest that both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers are looking to make a bid for the £7million-valued striker, but will have to fend off interest from Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Genoa, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.

Mitroglou’s fantastic start to the season has seen the 25-year-old rack up 11 goals in six starts and two substitute appearances for Olympiacos, per Who Scored. This includes hat-tricks against Xanthi and Veria in the Greek Superleague, as well as a stunning triple versus Anderlecht in the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s attention turned to Mitroglou after he netted against the Gunners last year, per Wright’s report.

Arsenal youngster Joel Campbell—who currently plays for Olympiacos on loan—could be used as a makeweight in any potential deal, as Wenger looks to significantly strengthen his attacking options in January.

While Olivier Giroud has started the campaign in brilliant form, scoring five goals in nine appearances for the Emirates side, the Premier League leaders need quality cover in order to maintain their challenge.

Brendan Rodgers faces a similar situation at Anfield and is also reported to be hunting the player who produced 20 goals—many of which came from the bench—during last year's title-winning campaign.

Both Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are currently enjoying a run of goalscoring form in the Premier League, but should either miss a significant amount of games, the Reds would have a problem.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02:  Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal and Brendan Rodgers the manager of Liverpool look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and  Arsenal at Anfield on September 2, 2012 in Liverpool, England.  (
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Sturridge’s recent injury stutters and Suarez’s disciplinary history threaten to overpower a Liverpool side that is playing slick football. With Fabio Borini now on loan at Sunderland until the end of the season, Rodgers needs another out-and-out goalscorer to really advance the Merseyside club’s chances of success.

Mitroglou represents good value for money at the reported £7 million, a figure that will rise significantly if he continues to perform in the Champions League.