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Chelsea to beat Liverpool to sign €30m striker Seydou Doumbia?

Liverpool and Chelsea are both reported to be battling over Seydou Doumbia.

Chelsea and Liverpool are both reported to be battling to sign Russian based striker Seydou Doumbia.

The forward helped compound Manchester City's poor form in midweek as he struck a brace past them at The Etihad to help CSKA Moscow pull off a 2-1 victory.

Doumbia has now scored nine goals in 15 appearances this season for CSKA, and has provided four assists.

At 26, the Ivory Coast international is an ideal age to make a next step in his career, having been at CSKA since 2010. Last season Doumbia struck 20 goals in 26 games.

The Mirror linked Liverpool yesterday with a move for the striker, who has a €30 million release clause in his contract.

Their interest is not alone however, with The Star reporting Chelsea want the forward, who both papers claim could be tempted away.

Chelsea could well be a more tempting proposition for the forward, where he could not only follow in the footsteps of compatriot Didier Drogba, but take his place in the squad and become back-up for Diego Costa.

At Liverpool the situation is less clear, already it is uncertain whether Rickie Lambert or Mario Balotelli will turn out to be long-term answers.

Buying Doumbia, either in January or next summer could be a shrewd move for either side, and if Chelsea were to add him, their grip on the Premier League title would become firmer than it is even now.

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