Manager Manuel Pellegrini has admitted that the club need to start signing youngsters, and that could be bad news for the two Merseyside teams.
According to the Daily Mail, the Chilean has conceded that his side will have to start to buy young talent, as the youngsters currently in their academy are not yet ready for first-team action.
City’s first-team is currently full of internationals from all corners of the globe, but the club have failed to produce any regular home-grown players since Micah Richards and Nedum Onouha, with the latter currently at QPR and Richards playing in Italy with Fiorentina.
However, there is set to be increased pressure from the FA in regards to home-grown players, with chairman Greg Dyke keen to implement a proposal to increase the quota to 12 in Premier League squads - as reported by the Independent.
That pressure, combined with the admission from Pellegrini, could mean bad news for Merseyside clubs Everton and Liverpool, who currently have some of England’s best young talent on their books.
Raheem Sterling may be of particular interest to City given his rise to prominence and first team readiness, while his current ongoing contract situation at Anfield could end up putting the Blues in a position of power when it comes to buying.
At Goodison Park, both Ross Barkley and John Stones could interest the Premier League champions. Barkley in particular has already been linked with a £45m move to the Etihad, according to the Independent, while Stones would help the club to fill a position they are particularly weak in; central defence.
Of course, all three players would also help to fill out that English quota, again enticing City further. The Merseyside duo are unlikely to want to sell their prized assets though, although there’s no denying that the Manchester club’s buying power could tempt anyone into a sale.