Liverpool will face stiff competition in race for French giants technically gifted winger Boufal

Gunners and The Blues are moving ahead of The Reds in the pursuit of Sofiane Boufal, according to the latest reports.

Ligue 1 midfielder enjoyed an excellent campaign in Ligue 1 last season, netting 11 goals as they ended in the fifth.

And his displays have warned several Premier League sides.

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As the Guardian journalist Ed Aarons reports, Gunners, Chelsea and Southampton will open discussions with Boufal’s agent this week to discuss the possibility of a transfer.

The news will come as a blow to Jurgen Klopp, who has reportedly recognised the 22-year-old as a top target after their failure to land Mario Gotze.

Liverpool are believed to have scouted him numerous times last campaign as Klopp wants to reinforce his midfield.

As the web page GetFootballNewsFrance reports Lille approve they are incredible to be able to keep Boufal in France this summer.

However, they suggest the price tag for Boufal is £25m if they accept to let the African star go.

The winger is also believed to be drawing interest from Catalan giants with one of his agents reportedly meeting with La Liga side’s representatives to communicate over a deal.