By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is preparing a Liverpool summer mega-swoop for prolific Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Anfield manager is ready to take on Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to land one of the most coveted players in world football.
It is said that Klopp will be backed heavily in the transfer market this summer by Liverpool’s American owners Fenway Sports Group.
Nevertheless, the Sun report that the German will partly fund the pursuit of Aubameyang “by selling misfit striker Daniel Sturridge”.
The Gabon international is well known to Klopp after he signed him for his former club Borussia Dortmund, where he has developed into one of the most lethal front men on the planet.
The 27-year-old has scored a remarkable 101 goals in 167 matches for Dortmund, supplemented by 32 assists, since joining from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2013.
Aubameyang’s record this season is especially noteworthy, with 24 matches in all competitions yielding 21 goals, including 17 in just 17 league fixtures.
By contrast, Sturridge’s form and fitness has been so patchy he has struggled to command a place in the Liverpool team and has slipped to third in the pecking order for the spearhead role behind attacking midfielder Roberto Firmono and young gun Divock Origi.
The Sun report that West Ham are the favourites to land Sturridge in the summer after making an approach for the forward in the January window that was rejected by Liverpool.
The 27-year-old has a fine goal record of his own but has scored just six goals in 21 matches this season, with only two of them coming from 14 league matches.
In other Liverpool transfer news, one of the club’s attacking midfielders is on the wanted list of one of England’s biggest clubs.