Liverpool to bid for wonderkid and rival Arsenal for French winger

Viktor Fischer

Brendan Rodgers is planning to strengthen Liverpool's attacking options this summer.

Liverpool have made Danish wonderkid Viktor Fischer their top target this summer.

Brendan Rodgers is looking to inject fresh attacking options into his side ahead of Liverpool's long-awaited return to the Champions League next season, after a five-year absence, and has earmarked the prodigious winger's capture as a key priority when the transfer window reopens.

The Anfield club are no stranger to Fischer's abilities after their youngsters were on the receiving end of a hat-trick from the 19-year-old in Ajax's 6-0 win over the Reds in the semi-final of the NextGen Series two years ago, and are understood to have kept tabs on him since.

Barry Hunter, Liverpool's chief scout, is understood to have observed Fischer across a dozen Ajax games including his last senior appearance, against AZ Alkmaar in late-February, when he picked up a hamstring injury that is expected to sideline him for the rest of this season.

Like compatriot Christian Eriksen, who last summer left Ajax in favour of a switch to the Premier League, Fischer's stock has been rising for several years but the reigning Eredivisie champions are unlikely to sell despite Liverpool expected to offer a deal worth £15 million.

In addition to the versatile attacker, Liverpool are tracking Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann but will face strong competition from several clubs across Europe for his signature.

Last week the France international moved to deny reports linking him with a return to his homeland in a £25 million switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

Their interest, coupled with that of Arsenal and Chelsea, is set to prompt a bidding war for Griezmann, 23, that would prove a deterrent to Liverpool's pursuit.

Would signing Fischer help Liverpool's attack further?

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