Manchester City are in a ‘strong position’ to sign Southampton striker, Danny Ings, just two years after Jurgen Klopp sold him at Liverpool, according to reports.
This comes from Sky Sports. They say that Pep Guardiola has identified Ings, who clocked up 25 appearances for Liverpool, as a viable replacement for Sergio Aguero.
The 28-year-old is out of contract next year, which could prompt his current club, Southampton, to sell Ings at a cut-price fee.
Indeed, the Saints have been in contractual discussions with Ings’ representatives for some time. However, Ings, who has previously stated he wants to play Champions League football, has been reluctant to sign an extension at St Mary’s.
What this says about Haaland?
So, it appears Ings could be one of the best strikers on the market this summer. But, what does this say about City’s reported interest in Erling Haaland?
According to The Mirror, Haaland has been identified as Guardiola’s No.1 transfer target this summer.
Haaland, who only joined the Bundesliga side in January of 2020, has clocked up a whopping 49 goals in 49 matches in all competitions.
The free-scoring Norway international has been subject to much discussion but the player himself offered a fairly vague response when asked about his future.
“I still have three years of the contract. I am not upset about that,” he said while on international duty with Norway.
However, the 20-year-old sensation is also wanted by Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea, with Borussia Dortmund holding out for a fee of at least £100 million.
This has led City to explore cheaper options and alternatives such as Ings, who has 42 goals in 92 Southampton appearences.
This could, then, imply City are either reluctant to buy Haaland this summer, or they are prepared to wait until his £66m release clause comes into effect in 2022.
Any benefits for Liverpool?
So, where does this leave Liverpool?
Well, there are some immediate benefits for the Reds to reap should Ings indeed leave Southampton this summer.
Liverpool agreed to sell Ings, who Klopp previously lauded as ‘exceptional‘ for £20m back in 2019 – which included a guaranteed £18m plus £2m in add-ons.
Also, Anfield officials were smart enough to insert a 20 per cent sell-on clause in the aforementioned deal, meaning Liverpool would benefit financially should Ings choose to leave.
This puts City in a good position to strike a deal – and if Liverpool are to profit directly themselves, then we can hardly exactly complain.
The only concern from a Liverpool perspective would be that City could be set to inherit the talents of one of the Premier League’s best strikers.
He finished as the joint-second top scorer in the division last season, after all, with an impressive total of 22 goals.