Javier Hernandez
Liverpool is set to battle Arsenal in signing Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez in the summer transfer window. Reuters/Ina Fassbender

Liverpool has joined Arsenal in battling for the signature of Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier Hernandez this summer.

Hernandez’s prolific scoring in the Bundesliga has led to rumours of his return to the English Premier League, with Arsenal and Liverpool set to go head-to-head to lure the former Manchester United ace, reports Liverpool Echo. The 27-year-old was linked to Arsenal in the winter transfer window, but the German club refused to sell the Mexican international, who has been in top form this season, scoring 21 goals in 25 games.

According to Christian Brown of 90min, Hernandez, who moved from the EPL to Bundesliga last summer on a £8.75 million transfer fee, is likely to join either Liverpool or Arsenal, although there is also a chance for the Mexican scorer to return at Old Trafford.

“Arsenal will at least be in a much stronger position to offer Hernandez Champions League football, with the Gunners seemingly certain to finish in the top four yet again under Arsene Wenger,” Brown added.

There is also a possibility that Hernandez would stay at the Bundesliga, although for a different club. According to Goal, Bayern Munich could enter the race to sign Hernandez as the club’s incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen to acquire the Leverkusen forward.

Ancelotti, who will replace the Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola in Bayern, coached Hernandez while he was on loan from United to Real Madrid, where the Italian boss gave the striker a chance to shine. The report also added that Ancelotti has asked Bayern directors to prepare a move for Hernandez when the summer window opens.

Meanwhile, Liverpool is also in the mix to sign Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen, according to the Express. The Reds and the Red Devils are both keen on securing a deal with the 19-year-old, who is currently on loan from the Blues to Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach for two years.