Arsenal and Liverpool are set to do battle over Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao in the January transfer window.
Both sides are lacking a top quality striker, especially Liverpool after the loss of Luis Suarez in the summer and the fact that Daniel Sturridge has spent the majority of the season thus far confined to the treatment table at Melwood.
Summer buy Mario Balotelli has failed to live up to his £16 million price tag, and has not yet scored in the Premier League.
Rickie Lambert has also failed to settle, and as a result, the Reds find themselves marooned in mid table.
While Arsenal have fared better this season, there remain doubts over Olivier Giroud’s suitability for a title challenge.
As a result, both clubs could take advantage of the fact that Lazio are thought to be keen to sell the highly rated young talent, according to the Daily Star.
The Italian side have valued the 19 year old wonderkid at around £15 million, well within both club’s budgets for January additions.