Manchester City watching long-term €15m Liverpool target

Manchester City have been linked with a move for Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko in a €15m swoop.

The Ukrainian winger has long been linked with a move to Liverpool, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly seeking to bring either Yarmolenko or his international team mate Yevhen Konoplyanka, but in keeping with the Reds' recent transfer market failures, he could end up with neither.

Rodgers famously wanted to bring Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Willian and Mohamed Salah to Anfield but missed out on their signatures when 'bigger' sides entered the running, and the Konoplyanka saga on deadline day means other teams will now be aware of his availability in the summer, with Spurs strongly linked with a move for the Dnipro man.

Yarmolenko has established himself as one of the most exciting players in European football, and has scored an impressive 70 goals in just 197 games for Dynamo Kiev - a record that few wingers can compete with. Unsurprisingly, that stat hasn't gone unnoticed, and now Manchester City want to bring the 24-year-old to the Etihad Stadium in the summer, according to Transfer Market Web.

The exclusive suggests that City - along with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen - have been watching Yarmolenko ahead of a summer bid, when the Ukrainian international will have just one year left on his contract, which could tempt City boss Manuel Pellegrini into a cut-price bid.

Pellegrini has persisted with his 4-4-2 system that emphasises wing play this season, and whilst David Silva, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas have all impressed, adding another goalscoring threat in Yarmolenko could make their attack even more dangerous.

Yarmolenko is predominantly left footed - which differentiates him from Nasri and Navas - and would offer natural balance in the absence of Silva, should such a situation arise. At €15m - around £12m - City can certainly afford to bring him to the club, adding depth to the squad and frustrating a title rival in the process.

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