Liverpool scout watches Arsenal target ahead of potential summer move

Antoine Griezmann

According to Spanish press, Liverpool sent their head scout to watch Real Sociedad star Antoine Griezmann in action last night.

The Reds' title challenge imploded on Monday night, as Brendan Rodgers watched his side inexplicably throw away a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace, conceding three goals in just ten minutes to leave Selhurst Park with only a point. Liverpool did return to the Premier League summit, but with Manchester City now having a game in hand, it seems unlikely that Rodgers will win the title this year.

Few expect the former Swansea City boss to repeat the trick next season, especially with Champions League football to contend with at Anfield and Manchester United poised to spend heavily this summer in order to solve their problems, but Rodgers can quell those fears by spending himself.

Rodgers has long been searching to bring in at least one winger, but has seen his efforts to sign Willian and Mohamed Salah gazumped by Chelsea before running out of time to sign Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk wide man Yevhen Konoplyanka in the January transfer window. That leaves him still searching, and a potential target has been revealed today.

Real Sociedad's French star Antoine Griezmann has been outstanding this season, scoring 16 goals in just 30 La Liga starts this season, proving to be a lethal threat on the flanks for Jogoba Arrasate's side. But with a World Cup appearance for France on the horizon, the San Sebastian club could struggle to keep hold of their star man, and Liverpool reportedly sent a scout to watch him in action in Sociedad's 1-1 draw with Granada last night.

Griezmann has long been linked with a big money move to Arsenal, but with Liverpool now lurking, there could be a potential tug of war developing over the 23-year-old winger. With a €30m release clause reportedly in his contract, Sociedad could be powerless to stop Griezmann leaving the club this summer - but where will he go?

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