Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is being discussed at Manchester City as a successor for Roberto Mancini. The People says Rodgers has significant behind-the-scenes support at the Etihad despite a hit-and-miss first season at Anfield.

The Blues power-brokers believe the 40-year-old Irishman fulfils all the criteria they deem essential - like a willingness to blood young players early, media skills, and European experience - and the ace in his pack is that he is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Rodgers was City's first choice a year ago when he was at Swansea and Mancini was on the ropes - before the dramatic turnaround that saw his side crowned Premier League champions.

Now the Irishman is back on City radar, with Mancini not safe even if he wins the FA Cup next month.

Rodgers has two years left on his Liverpool contract so City would have to pay compensation - but that won't deter them.

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