Man City desires £100m. Target Liverpool at all costs as present star is prepared to “pack up and go” to Spain

A report claims that Manchester City is hoping to beat Liverpool to the signing of a star player for £100 million at the time when one of its present stars is getting ready to leave.

Despite still being in second place to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, City is in a strong position to win the Premier League championship. The Gunners had a two-point advantage and a game in hand on City at the time of writing.

On Wednesday night, when Everton visits the Emirates, City will be praying that Arsenal makes a mistake. Everton defeated Arsenal at Goodison Field on February 4 to assist Pep Guardiola’s team once.

Arsenal dropping more points would aid City massively. The Citizens’ next league match is against Newcastle United on Saturday, though they have an FA Cup clash with Bristol City to focus on first.

City are fighting on three fronts as they remain in the Champions League, too. Their last-16 tie with RB Leipzig is delicately poised at 1-1 following a draw in Germany last week.

Whether the Citizens win several trophies or not, there are bound to be some personnel changes in the summer. Creative midfielder Bernardo Silva has been open about his desire to take part in a new challenge.

And Silva could be followed out of the exit door by centre-back Aymeric Laporte. As per French source Foot Mercato, Laporte is ready to ‘pack up and leave’ the club at the end of the campaign.

He is fed up of being used as a ‘luxury substitute’ by Guardiola. In recent weeks, the 28-year-old has started one league match before being rested in the next game. While Guardiola will see this as saving his legs, the report claims Laporte is fed up.

Man City star becomes disillusioned with Pep Guardiola

He wants to play in pretty much every big match, which is something Guardiola cannot guarantee. In contrast, at a club like Arsenal, there are a less changes to the starting eleven due to the squad depth not quite being as strong.

Foot Mercato bring up the possibility of Laporte heading back to Spain. Having represented Athletic Bilbao in the past, he could now move to Barcelona. Xavi is a fan of Laporte and believes he could form a strong centre-back partnership with Ronald Araujo.

But City fans should not be too concerned about Guardiola’s squad being weakened by Laporte’s potential exit. That is because they are preparing to go all out for RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol as his replacement.

The 21-year-old has established himself as one of the best young defenders in the world through his top performances for both Leipzig and the Croatia national team. He is now rated at around £100m.

Fabrizio Romano recently confirmed Liverpool are monitoring Gvardiol. The transfer journalist also revealed that a decision will be made on his future in March.

But unfortunately for Liverpool, City will provide stiff competition for the Bundesliga star. City will throw as much money as possible at Leipzig to try and secure an agreement for his services.

Leipzig could sell Gvardiol to the highest bidder, most likely City, because they are aware that he can play for a bigger team.

The player’s preference might be Liverpool’s lone saving grace. He was able to inform Leipzig that he would prefer to transfer to Anfield over the Etihad because he loved Liverpool as a young man. The choice will ultimately be made by Leipzig. Liverpool will likely lose the transfer race to Guardiola’s team if they are unable to give as much money as City.

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