Liverpool in Man City talks for £12M Johnson

The Daily Mail says it is Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez's third attempt to take the 20-year-old midfielder to Anfield and evidence that the Spaniard is intent on building up his squad, despite the shadow of power politics that is threatening his long-term tenure.

Liverpool renewed their approach to City in the past few days and negotiations are at an advanced stage, with Johnson's heart set on a switch that was first mooted about a year ago.

City will offer Johnson an improved contract, but the youngster is determined that he will be playing Champions League football next season.

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