£12m Tottenham target or £40m Arsenal target - Who was Liverpool boss watching this week?

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was reportedly looking at Julian Draxler, linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, or Mohamad Salah, linked with Spurs this week.

This week has seen two of the Premier League’s biggest managers on the road in midweek taking in Champions League games - and causing an eruption of conjecture in the process.

First there was the visit to the Vicente Calderon from Manchester United boss David Moyes. He was reportedly taking in the 2-0 victory for Atletico Madrid over FC Porto to run the rule over Koke, Fernando and Lucho Gonzalez.

But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also been at it this week.

He was reportedly at the Schalke 04 v FC Basel game at the Veltins Arena on Wednesday night - which also saw the home side win 2-0.

But reports have not been conclusive as to who exactly he was taking a close look at.

According to reports in Germany he was there to run the rule over one player - Schalke wonder-kid Julian Draxler.

The 20-year-old was in fine fettle in the fixture, scoring a goal as Schalke claimed the second qualifying spot for the round of 16.

He has recently been strongly linked to Arsenal in the summer - and admitted an affinity for the North London club in the press recently.

Chelsea are also said to be keen - but Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger might have reason to stay calm should they think Liverpool will provide competition for Draxler.

Because other reports suggest that it is Andre Villas-Boas who should be concerned.

AVB is said to be very interested in a player dubbed, rather optimistically it must be said, the ‘Egyptian Messi’.

Mohamad Salah has been the scourge of both Tottenham and Chelsea in recent years - as he has made a real name for himself for the Swiss side in both the Europa League and Champions League.

He is valued at £12 million in the press - a significantly lower price than the whopping £40m buy-out clause set in Draxler’s contract for the summer.

So it certainly seems that Salah is the more conventional Liverpool target. While they have invested heavily in the squad in recent years’ spending such a vast sum of money on one player seems beyond their remit - and simply an unlikely move.

But Salah at £12 million - that sounds much more like a Rodgers type of deal.

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