Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is emerging as Greece’s best player and hope the team will do well in the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil – where it is a 200-1 shot, is also subject to a bidding war by two of the English Premier League’s top teams, Arsenal and Liverpool, who want his fire power and scoring ability.
Mitroglou, 25, has shown himself to be a clutch player and a crowd favorite with his exuberant style. Arsenal coach Arsene Wegner is said to be especially eying the Greek star to back up Olivier Giroud, while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking for another striker to support Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after being left disappointed with the form of summer signing Iago Aspas, The Daily Star reported.
Mitroglou has struck for 22 goals for both club and country this season, and may be available in January for £7.5million, about $12.26 million, the report said.
“If he keeps on doing well, it will be hard to keep him,” Olympiaios coach Jose Miguel Michel said. “We’ve known for some time that there has been interest from many clubs, but that’s only logical considering how well he has been doing lately.”
Mitroglou is currently playing alongside Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell at the Greek champions, which Wenger may look to use to his advantage when it comes to tempting the forward to north London.
Premier League high flyers Newcastle United are also looking at Mitroglou but would have a hard time convincing him not to sign with one of the more celebrated teams.