City face Merseyside battle for £9m French gem – reports

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Manchester City and Liverpool are both in the race for Lyon star Aly Cissokho, with the two English giants set to go head to head for the star, according to talkSPORT.

The left-back position has long been a problem for Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish vowing to solve the gap this summer. While the Merseyside club have been connected with a number of players to fill the space, including Jose Enrique and Gael Clichy, Dalglish reportedly sees Cissikho as the perfect fit for the current Liverpool squad.


Manchester City, meanwhile, have long been interested in Cissokho, and Roberto Mancini has renewed his chase for the star as a replacement for the possibly outgoing Jerome Boateng. The £9 million attached to Cissokho is also attracting Manchester City, who see the 23-year-old as a bargain purchase compared to the usual spending outlay that the City owners would undergo.

But Liverpool also have a high budget this summer, and believe that they can snare Cissokho from City by promising a long term plan which includes Champions League football and challenging for trophies.

Liverpool’s intention to see their plan through has so far been clear, with a combined £77.7 million spent on Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez and Jordan Henderson over the last five months, and Kenny Dalglish signing on as permanent manager.

While Liverpool have already made moves in the transfer market this summer, City are still relatively quiet on who they will be signing, leaving some pundits to wonder if this is the calm before the storm for the big spending club.

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