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Premier League trio chase Rondon

Malaga striker Salomon Rondon is being hunted by Liverpool and Tottenham according to his agent after joined Chelsea in the race for his signature the Daily Mail reports.

The Premier League trio are all chasing new strikers ahead of the new season and are set to battle it out for the Venezuelan international whose scored 27 goals in 72 games since joining from Las Palmas for £2.8m in 2010.

Backed by Sheikh Abdullah Al-Thani, mega-rich Malaga nabbed in place in the Champions League next season after finishing fourth in La Liga with manager Manuel Pelligreni now planning swoops for some of Europe’s top players.

Representative Pablo Martinez, speaking to El Mundo Deportivo,  has confirmed Rondon will be permitted to leave the Spanish club although his suitors will have to stump up £20 million to secure his services.

Martinez also confessed that the 22-year-old has received approaches from several English clubs whilst there is also strong interest from Germany for his client.

Chelsea were first linked with a move for Rondon two-weeks ago as manager Roberto Di Matteo seeks a replacement for departed forward Didier Drogba although it seems he’s opted to make Porto striker Hulk his priority instead.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has also placed a striker at the top of his summer shopping list but may find the South American too similar to Andy Carroll in terms of their physical attributes.

It’s unlikely Rodgers will be able to match Malaga’s asking price especially after it put off top-flight rivals Arsenal and Newcastle earlier this month.

And it’s doubtful that Tottenham will make their move whilst their managerial situation remains unresolved following the sacking of Harry Redknapp lasts week.

All three are expected to monitor him during the summer with a view to make a move when they’ve tied up deals for their primary targets.

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