Manchester City plotting £100m Liverpool raid – report

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will want the summer to be over before it has even arrived as Premier League rivals Manchester City are plotting an enormous £100 million raid for three Reds stars.

Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have both been reported as City targets already, but Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho is now also high up on the reigning champions’ transfer wishlist, according to the Daily Star.

Coutinho scored the goal to send Liverpool through to the FA Cup semi-finals in Wednesday night’s 1-0 win at Blackburn, and City feel they could sign him for £20 million this summer.

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The Reds would want nearer £35 million for the 22-year-old midfielder, but wouldn’t want to sell to City at any price if it could be avoided.

Sterling is being linked with almost every big club in Europe as his contract dilemma continues to roll on but the Reds have slapped a £50 million price tag on his head if they are to allow him to leave Anfield.

City are looking to bring in English players to fill their homegrown quota this summer as they look set for a hectic transfer window.

Frank Lampard and James Milner are heading out the exit door, meaning at least two more homegrown players will be needed and City are keen on both Sterling and Henderson.

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Henderson is expected to replace MLS-bound Steven Gerrard as Liverpool captain but with interest from Chelsea and City, he could be tough to keep for Rodgers.

The Reds will demand in excess of £30 million for the England midfield star who has just one year left on his current deal.

It is extremely unlikely that City will sign all three Liverpool players this summer, though they will likely prepare bids for them in the hope that they can bring at least one of them to the Etihad in time for the start of the next campaign.

Will Manchester City sign any of their Liverpool targets this summer? Who should be their priority?


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