Arsenal targeting the Suarez of Greece tasked with downing United

Both Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in Konstantinos Mitroglou, who will lead the line when Olympiacos take on Manchester United

There are very few strikers so prolific that they can score in most games, fewer still who actually break that barrier where their games to goals average swings in favour of the latter, however, like Liverpool forward Luis Suarez (17 goals in 11 Premier League appearances this season), Greece star Konstantinos Mitroglou has returned an astonishing 14 from 10 games in the Greek Super League.

It is little wonder Mitroglou, who has already scored three hat-tricks in the current campaign, has come to the attention of both Liverpool and Arsenal who are both apparently keen on potentially bringing the reliable goal-scorer to the Premier League during the winter market.

On current form, Mitroglou is, on average, responsible for either goal or an assist every 46 minutes in the Greek Super League. Intriguingly, this is not far off the unprecedented statistics bragged by Suarez, who is so efficient up top this season that he is either scoring (17) or setting up a goal (8) every 42 minutes in the Premier League.

'If he keeps on doing well, it will be hard to keep him,' acknowledged Olympiacos boss Jose Miguel Michel, as quoted by Daily Star. 'We’ve known for some time that there has been interest from many clubs, but that’s only logical considering how well he has been doing lately.'

There is, of course, an argument that the domestic division in Greece is of an inferior quality to the product in England, but Mitroglou is also devastating in Champions League competition, scoring thrice and also providing an assist, a goals/assist:minutes ratio of 1:112.5 and greater than Arsenal's current striker Olivier Giroud (1:180).

What may prevent a mid-season transfer, though, is Olympiacos' current success in Europe. In Group C of the tournament, they placed second, registering three wins and one draw against two losses to return ten points after six match-days in a group that also featured Paris Saint-Germain, Benfica and Anderlecht.

In the draw for the first knockout round when the competition resumes in February, Olympiacos were paired with Manchester United and Michel will be hoping to keep hold of the club's main asset so that his side have the best possible chance of securing an upset victory against last year's Premier League champions United.

Mitroglou is currently valued at a surprisingly cheap £6.3m by

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