This summer’s transfer window could see a mass movement of elite strikers the like of which has seldom been seen in European football.
Real Madrid’s desire to recruit Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could set off an explosive chain reaction of sales and purchases with the potential to damage Merseyside rivals Liverpool and Everton.
According to Bild in Germany, Los Blancos could invoke the buy-back clause inserted when they sold Alvaro Morata to Juventus in order to include the Spaniard in a part-exchange deal for the Gabonese goal getter.
That would mean a situation vacant in Turin, a situation Italian gossip middlemen Tuttosport report the Old Lady are keen to fill with perennially unsettled Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani.
A return to the league in which the Uruguayan made his name with three successive 20-goal-plus hauls for Napoli cannot but appeal after his spending three seasons in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s shadow at the Parc des Princes.
The Swede now seems almost certain to leave the French capital this summer, meaning Les Parisiens, will be looking for at least one centre-forward themselves.
It is here that both Liverpool and Everton enter calculations, with both Daniel Sturridge and Romelu Lukaku having already attracted the PSG mince pies.
The French champions were expected to have scouts at Wembley to watch Sturridge, who has struck seven times in 14 games despite an injury-hampered season, with a view to a £45m bid for his services.
Lukaku has been rumoured to have been on Les Parisiens’ radar since at least last autumn and his recent comments that “it would be nice to play in the Champions League from next season” will only encourage potential suitors.
Prudence would dictate that both Merseyside clubs begin the hunt for strikers capable of stepping into the breach should either man leave imminently.
Everton, through their £13m January acquisition of Dinamo Moscow forward Oumar Niasse, appear to have got the jump on their ‘friendly derby’ foes in this regard.