Liverpool are ready to beat out competition from Arsenal and Manchester United for the transfer of FC Basel's highly-coveted striker Breel Embolo.

Embolo is seen as one of the most talented young strikers around, already making a name for himself at the tender age of 18.

After some outstanding performances for Basel, the Switzerland international grabbed the attention of some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Arsenal and Manchester United, with Liverpool also joining the "we want to sign him" bandwagon.

However, teams from other leagues are also interested, chief of them the Bundesliga, with Wolfsburg already throwing in a big bid of £18million for the teenager, according to the Daily Express, who cite a report in Calciomercato.

Any interested team will have to make a quick move to capture Embolo, although the upper hand remains with the Premier League clubs, considering the riches that will come their way once the new multi-billion TV deal kicks in from next season.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, though, could use a striker in the January transfer window, even if all three of them would prefer a more experienced option, as they look to possibly clinch the Premier League title.

Manchester United have had to rely on another youngster Anthony Martial this season, with Wayne Rooney terribly under par when fit. So, signing another unproven-at-the-big-stage teenager might not be the ideal situation for Manchester United.

The same can be said about Liverpool as well, who also have a young striker in Divock Origi. The Belgium international has shown his obvious talent in spurts under Jurgen Klopp, but consistency is what Liverpool require, especially up front.

With Christian Benteke yet to convince and Klopp's penchant to get the best out of young strikers, making a move for Embolo might not be such a bad idea.

Arsenal were dealt a further blow this week when reports suggested Danny Welbeck would be out longer than expected, having suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from a long-term injury.

While Olivier Giroud has been in sparkling form and Theo Walcott has shown he is capable of playing as a centre-forward, Arsenal could use another forward, even if dealing with the rigours of the Premier League might prove to be too for Embolo at such a young age.

Having said that, though, Wenger is a master of getting the best out of strikers and improving them season after season, and Embolo certainly has the talent and physicality to make it in the Premier League. And if he succeeds, Embolo could be lighting it up at the Emirates for years to come.

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