Manchester City plan shock Liverpool raid

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Manchester City have identified Martin Srktel as a potential summer addition to their defensive ranks and will make an offer if Liverpool fail to earn Champions League qualification, according to the Daily Mail.

Srktel has been impressive for the Reds this season, nailing down a consistent starting spot in central defence as part of Liverpool's push to finish in the top four.

The Slovakian international has now been identified by City as a potential long-term partner for Vincent Kompany at the Etihad, as Manuel Pellegrini looks for viable alternatives to the likes of Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott for next season.

Lescott looks likely to find a new club at the end of the season, while at 33 Demichelis remains very much a short-term option to provide experience as City fight for trophies on multiple fronts.

Srktel is under contract at Liverpool until 2016 but like many of the club's star players is desperate to play in the Champions League next season, something City could provide if Brendan Rodgers' side are unable to maintain their fine campaign to date.

City have also been consistently linked with Porto starlet Eliaquim Mangala in recent months, but the French international will not come cheap and can't match the Premier League know how Srktel has built across six years at Anfield.

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