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Could Liverpool be set to battle AVB for £25 million striker?

Liverpool have been linked with a £25 million move for Benfica striker Rodrigo... But Zenit want him too.

Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keeping tabs on the Brazil-born striker, who has 10 goals to his name this season and scored at Tottenham in the Europa League last Thursday.

But there is also significant interest in the 23-year-old coming from elsewhere, with Rodrigo having been linked with Arsenal in January and Zenit now joining the race to sign the striker - according to the same report that has linked him with a move to the Reds.

And that's what could make the forward's future rather interesting.

Should a trip to St Petersburg appeal to the 23-year-old, where he would join the likes of former Portuguese Liga players Hulk and Axel Witsel, another factor might come into play: Andre Villas-Boas.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager is heavily expected to become Zenit's new manager - and he was a big fan of Rodrigo during his time at Spurs.

Meanwhile, current Benfica boss Jorge Jesus - who publicly announced that AVB will become Zenit coach - is good friends with the 36-year-old.

Rather handy for Villas-Boas' pursuit of the player, wouldn't you say?

If Liverpool, as reports say, do want Rodrigo, then, they may be forced to lock horns with AVB once again if a transfer battle ensues.

The finances are likely to favour Zenit, who are backed by Gazprom funding, but if the Reds make next season's Champions League or even win this term's Premier League title, only one move would make sense for the 23-year-old were he to put football first.

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