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In contrast to last summer’s midfield frenzy, this year’s transfer window is poised to center around strikers, with the forward market undergoing a noticeable shift in reliability and potency. Europe’s top clubs may find themselves adjusting expectations or taking calculated risks to secure potential scoring assets.

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One such anticipated move involves Viktor Gyokeres, who has been in scintillating form for Sporting CP, tallying 36 goals and 15 assists in 42 appearances since joining from Coventry City last summer. Despite a lack of Premier League interest upon his departure from Coventry, England’s elite clubs are now eyeing his return from mainland Europe.

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Both Arsenal and Chelsea are closely monitoring the Sweden international, whose contract includes an £86m release clause. However, there’s a compelling argument for one of their main rivals to consider a bid for Gyokeres instead.

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Liverpool, in particular, could benefit from securing Gyokeres’s services. The Reds have lacked a reliable center forward since the days of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, relying heavily on contributions from wide areas. With uncertainty surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future and concerns over the consistency of other attacking options, Liverpool may need reinforcements to alleviate pressure on the next manager.

Should Sporting CP’s manager Ruben Amorim, a leading contender for the Liverpool job, take over at Anfield, the Reds could hold a significant advantage in the race for Gyokeres. The striker’s agent has indicated that Gyokeres’s decision to join Sporting was heavily influenced by Amorim, suggesting his departure could sway the player’s future.

While Liverpool may harbor reservations about investing heavily in another Portuguese league forward following recent experiences, Gyokeres presents a different proposition compared to other options like Darwin Nunez. With his blend of power and finesse, Gyokeres offers a more controlled and reliable presence up front, contrasting with Nunez’s erratic style and questionable suitability for the Premier League title race.

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