Gyokeres to Liverpool: Reds move ahead of rivals in race for Sporting star

Viktor Gyokeres to Liverpool is a real possibility this summer, and the Reds have made their move ahead of their rivals in the race to sign the Sporting star. Transfer expert Graeme Bailey has written for HITC that Liverpool watched Gyokeres in action over the weekend, as he scored twice in a 3-0 Sporting win against Vitoria de Guimaraes.

The striker is also reportedly a target for Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan, but could cost as much as €100m (£86m) as per his release clause. This would make him Liverpool's record signing ahead of Darwin Nunez, and would be a statement buy after Jurgen Klopp's departure.

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Gyokeres to Liverpool: Reds make move for Sporting star

The fact Liverpool scouts flew to Lisbon to watch Gyokeres in action, especially considering they were playing Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, suggests they are serious about signing him this summer. Their latest move under their rivals' noses could prove to  be decisive in persuading him  to move to Anfield.

Gyokeres has simply been a revelation at Sporting, scoring 38 goals and providing 16 assists in just 45 appearances in all competitions this season, as they look set to win the Primeira Liga currently being 10 points clear at the top of the table with only a few games left to play. He earned the move after excelling at Championship club Coventry City last season – who narrowly lost out to Manchester United 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw in their recent FA Cup semi-final.

Indeed, Gyokeres netted 22 times and made 12 assists in 50 appearances over all competitions for the Sky Blues last campaign, and his experience of playing English football bodes well for him to make a potential move back to England this summer. With Nunez underperforming his expected goals (xG) by 7.29 in the league this season, the Sweden international could be the killer they need to take them to Premier League titles post-Klopp.

Adam is a lead writer on Football Whispers. He is a big Arsenal fan, and also follows his local club Wealdstone, made famous by The Wealdstone Raider, of whom he has interviewed. Adam also follows darts, boxing, cricket and tennis, among many other sports.