Anfield side keen on Etihad Stadium wide-man.
Manchester City winger Adam Johnson is set to discuss his future at the club with boss Roberto Mancini this week, following speculation linking him with a move elsewhere.
The 24-year-old has failed to hold down a regular first-team spot since his arrival from Middlesbrough in 2010, starting just four Premier League games last season, and now wants to establish how his manager intends to use him next term.
Mancini has been critical of the winger in the past, most notably publicly telling him to improve his all-round game following a man-of-the-match performance against Wolves last October, with the player reportedly initially refusing to board the team coach home in the aftermath.
Moves to Sunderland or Liverpool had been mooted, with Johnson thought to be discouraged by his current standing at the Etihad Stadium following his England squad snub for Euro 2012.
It is believed that City are looking for a fee of around £15 million for a player who agreed new terms on a five-year-deal just six months ago, with Brendan Rodgers reportedly keen to bring the midfielder to Anfield.
Wages of around £70,000 a week have forced Martin O’Neill to cool his interest, with the Stadium of Light salary ceiling set at £60,000, but the new Liverpool boss is reportedly prepared to enter negotiations with the City hierarchy.
Adam Johnson must consider his options very carefully this summer. The England international has barely had a look in at the Etihad Stadium and lost his spot in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad as a result. Roberto Mancini has steadfastly blocked the former Middlesbrough man’s chances of regular first team football to the point that last term the 24 year old only racked up just 10 Premier League starts.
Johnson has had run-ins with Mancini in the past about a lack of opportunities but it may well take the wide-man to request a move and perhaps re-consider his wage demands in order to secure a move away to a club that can offer him regular first team football.
A move to Liverpool may well edge a move to his hometown club Sunderland, especially with Brendan Rodgers at the helm and former team-mate Stewart Downing also at Anfield. Indeed Johnson may be the ideal man to fill the right wing berth at the Merseyside club, a role shared by Dirk Kuyt, who has now left the club, and Jordan Henderson, who may well better suit a more central role.