It has been reported that Manchester City are competing with Liverpool over the signing of West Ham United centre-back Nayef Aguerd.

This comes from the Sun, as the £30 million (Sky Sports) man continues to make waves at the London Stadium.

Now, Manchester City seem like they could go toe-to-toe with Liverpool to secure the services of Nayef Aguerd in the summer of 2024.

Manchester City battling with Liverpool for shock Nayef Aguerd transfer

Branded as ‘stylish’ by David Moyes (via the Evening Standard), the Moroccan international is regarded as arguably the best central defender in the Premier League outside the ‘Big Six’ as well as Newcastle United.

Even at the World Cup, the former Rennes defender shone for his national team at the highest possible level, exhibiting his comfortability in possession and astute reading of the game.

Now, it has been revealed that Manchester City internally admire Nayef Aguerd, who could be high on the transfer wish list for Liverpool next summer.

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Even at Anfield, recruitment chiefs are believed to be looking at the highly-rated defender closely.

Nayef Aguerd is likelier to head to Jurgen Klopp’s side

For starters, while Liverpool plotting a move for Nayef Aguerd ahead of next season makes complete sense, the same cannot be said for Manchester City.

In John Stones, Ruben Dias, Josko Gvardiol, Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji, Pep Guardiola has the best roster of centre-backs available to him out of any manager in world football.

Additionally, none of the aforementioned names have been speculated with departing the Etihad Stadium in the following summer.

As for Liverpool, their new system demands a left-sided centre-back who could slot into a back three, with Andy Robertson currently being deployed in said role.

With that in mind, a player like Aguerd would slot into their side with ease and address a priority position, which makes the move much likelier.

As for the Sky Blues, making a move for a natural left-back option seems much more plausible, as judging by the fact that Fabrizio Romano claimed on Friday that they were keen on bringing Marc Cucurella on loan in January.

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