Amid rumours that the player could be on his way out of the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea are looking to enquire about the possible signature of Adam Johnson.
Johnson arrived at the Sky Blues in 2010 and despite the trickster’s remarkable ability, he has still found himself playing second fiddle to the likes of David Silva and James Milner.
Liverpool are also interested in signing the English international despite their summer signings of Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, both of whom are capable of playing down the flanks.
Chelsea also signed a winger of their own in August in the shape of Spaniard Juan Mata, but with both Salomon Kalou and Florent Malouda both heading for inevitable 2012 exits, Andre Villas Boas is hoping to replenish his ranks.
Johnson has made 15 Premier League appearances for the Citizens this season, nine of which came from the bench.
In the league matches he has featured in, the 24 year-old has managed five goals and three assists leading some to say that the wideman should get a starting berth for the side more regularly.
However, even with Roberto Mancini’s admiration of his charge, Johnson still fails to tie down a regular starting spot at the Etihas Stadium and could look elsewhere for a shot attaining a starting XI spot before Euro 2012.
The winger will be hoping to impress Fabio Capello in the hopes that the Italian boss will hand him more game time on the international scale by the time the tournament rolls around.
Johnson’s transfer will be an interesting one given that Mancini is a big fan of his but continues to go with his ‘bigger’ European stars when it comes to selection.
In any case, the Blues will be looking to pay in excess of £14m should a January transfer materialize.