Manchester City emerged in pole position to sign Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 23, this weekend, according to the Daily Mirror.
It was long thought that the Germany international would join Juventus next summer when he can leave Merseyside on a free transfer.
However, Liverpool are reluctant to lose money on the player they signed from Bayer Leverkusen in 2014. Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted after the 5 – 1 thrashing of Brighton and Hove Albion in which Can scored the opening goal, that the club could be forced to sell players who refused to sign new contracts.
Despite holding a commanding lead at the top of the Premier League, Pep Guardiola is aware that Manchester City needs strength in depth if they are to challenge for honours domestically and in Europe.
The club targeted Champions League success when hiring Guardiola and it would be a feather in his cap were he able to land the trophy in only his second season at the club. This after he recorded his first ever season without honours in his managerial career.
Liverpool would prefer to sell the player to Juventus or Bayern Munich but City are held as favourites to land the talented and versatile midfielder ahead of two of Europe’s more established powerhouses.