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Probably’: Agbonlahor claims Man City will try and sign £120m man just to stop him playing for Liverpool

 

Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks that Manchester City are going to try and sign Jude Bellingham simply to spite Liverpool.

 

Speaking to TalkSPORT today, the pundit suggested that if he were in City’s shoes, he’d make a play for Liverpool’s top transfer target. Referencing the tension between the clubs following Jurgen Klopp’s recent comments, Agbonlahor said the Manchester club can have the perfect response.

 

“I don’t think he [Klopp] was trying to stoke the fire or anything [with his comments about City’s spending], I think it’s just a bit of frustration that in future transfer windows he knows he doesn’t have the money to go and buy Bellingham for £120m,” he said.

 

“Man City, if I was them, and probably they will, go and buy Bellingham. Gundogan’s into his thirties, they might think ‘you know what, yeah, we have got the power, we will go and buy Bellingham to spite Liverpool, because we want him at our club and not yours’.”

 

Given the levels of pettiness between the two clubs right now, it isn’t an inconceivable suggestion from Agbonlahor.

 

Klopp angers the City beast

Ironically, should City decide to do this, they’d simply be proving Klopp’s point. The Citizens are playing a different game to Liverpool, financially speaking. It’s plain and clear, no matter what they say.

 

Gabriel Agbonlahor thinks that Manchester City are going to try and sign Jude Bellingham simply to spite Liverpool.

 

Speaking to TalkSPORT today, the pundit suggested that if he were in City’s shoes, he’d make a play for Liverpool’s top transfer target. Referencing the tension between the clubs following Jurgen Klopp’s recent comments, Agbonlahor said the Manchester club can have the perfect response.

 

“I don’t think he [Klopp] was trying to stoke the fire or anything [with his comments about City’s spending], I think it’s just a bit of frustration that in future transfer windows he knows he doesn’t have the money to go and buy Bellingham for £120m,” he said.

 

“Man City, if I was them, and probably they will, go and buy Bellingham. Gundogan’s into his thirties, they might think ‘you know what, yeah, we have got the power, we will go and buy Bellingham to spite Liverpool, because we want him at our club and not yours’.”

 

Given the levels of pettiness between the two clubs right now, it isn’t an inconceivable suggestion from Agbonlahor.

 

Klopp angers the City beast

Ironically, should City decide to do this, they’d simply be proving Klopp’s point. The Citizens are playing a different game to Liverpool, financially speaking. It’s plain and clear, no matter what they say.

 

But that doesn’t mean they won’t do it. City clearly have the means to get Bellingham. They could also potentially do with a young midfielder as Gundogan and even Kevin De Bruyne start to advance into their thirties.

 

Bellingham is the prime candidate for that. As the most dominant English club of the last decade, City would relish the chance to put one over on, not just Liverpool, but Chelsea and Manchester United too.

 

So it always is for Liverpool, though. When competing directly with such clubs for players, they have to rely on slightly more traditional methods.

 

In Bellingham’s case, that would appear to be leaning on the promise of working with Klopp, as well as the 19-year-old’s admiration of Jordan Henderson.

 

Of course, Liverpool have some funds of their own. But it surely won’t be enough to get into any kind of bidding war with City.

 

There’s still a long way to go until we find out who Bellingham will be playing for next season. Should Liverpool trump their domestic rivals for the Borussia Dortmund man, it will be reason to celebrate.

 

First and foremost though, Liverpool need to get back to competing with City on the pitch. They took a step towards that on Sunday, now they need to keep progressing.

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