Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Liverpool And Arsenal Target Papadopoulos

Schalke 04 centre back, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, is on the radar for both Liverpool and Arsenal, according to The Sun.

The 21-year-old Greece international has demonstrated tremendous professionalism since moving to the Gelsenkirchen side in 2010 at a mere 18 years of age, helping Schalke shine in both UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League, as well as impressive finishes in the Bundesliga.

With the retirement of Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher and the possibility of Martin Skrtel leaving, The Redmen require defensive reinforcements this summer.

Rodgers has brought in Kolo Toure to aid Daniel Agger out at the back, but the Ivorian is unlikely to be anything but an emergency backup – so it looks as though additional cover will be brought in.

Meanwhile at The Emirates, Arsenal has Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen as options at centre back, with Ignasi Miguel in reserve.

If £19million rated Papadoupolos was to sign up with Wenger and co. there would be a real fight for places at the back – exactly what Wenger wants.

Sources also suggest that Wenger is monitoring Swansea defender Ashley Williams, but talks have died down after it was claimed Swansea are demanding too much for the Welshman.

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