Liverpool could face a job keeping hold of Jordan Henderson this summer as the England international finds himself on Manchester City’s wish list, according to the Daily Mail.
Information in the British publication points towards the fact that the Citizens have Henderson, Liverpool teammate Raheem Sterling and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on their radar as the next transfer window approaches, as they’re keen to ensure they comply with the homegrown quota rule.
City's homegrown need
With James Milner’s future looking increasingly suspect - he’s been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool coincidentally - City chiefs are rightly sweating over whether they’ll be able to meet the criteria of naming eight homegrown players as part of their 25-man squad. As a result their list of transfer targets is vastly different to in years past, with the majority of their interest focusing on English players.
Of course with City struggling to enforce their dominance upon the Premier League, and Manuel Pellegrini’s future uncertain as a result, changes in the summer look inevitable. Usual stalwarts such as Milner, Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Aleksander Kolarov could be let go, and if they are to leave then the club will need to find replacements.
That means that Liverpool fans may well have cause for concern since two of their most important players are on City’s hit-list. Sterling’s form may have dropped off in recent games but he remains arguably their most valuable asset and his development could be key if they harbour hopes of winning the league in the next few years.
Meanwhile Henderson has matured since arriving from Sunderland and now looks to be the ideal replacement for Steven Gerrard, both in a positional sense and when it comes to taking on captain duties at Anfield.
The 24-year-old has established himself as the beating heart of Brendan Rodgers’ side in the middle of the park and losing him would inflict a damaging blow on their hopes of competing for major silverware.
City bids to come?
That being said he may be offered a substantial amount of money to turn his back on Liverpool, especially if City’s need for homegrown players becomes dire towards the end of the summer.
Backed by billions of pounds they could throw the kitchen sink at either Henderson, Sterling or Wilshere in an attempt to lure them to the Etihad, and one of the three might decide that a move offers them the best chance at winning trophies.
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