Manchester City have set their sites on England trio Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Jay Rodriguez as they plot to add some home grown talent to their squad, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
The Sky Blues are already short on players trained in the country, and their issues will only worsen should James Milner complete his expected free transfer away from the Etihad Stadium when his contract expires in a few month’ time, while Frank Lampard’s New York City FC move will also have an impact.
City chiefs are believed to be worried about this, and have drawn up a list of targets, which includes Sterling, Rodriguez and Barkley.
Offers for the Liverpool, Southampton and Everton trio are expected, with all three players ready to make first-team impacts should they join.
Sterling is the most high profile of the names, and his contract dispute at Anfield will be a source of encouragement for City.
Barkley has endured a disappointing season on the back of his 2013/14 heroics, but is still considered to be a top class attacking midfielder.
Rodriguez presents something of a gamble, with the Saints man having been out of action with a serious knee problem for almost a year.