Tottenham and Liverpool are currently keeping an eye on a player who Man City sold in 2022.
Ko Itakura, a player that Manchester City sold in July 2022, is currently being watched by Liverpool and Tottenham.
That’s what Fabrizio Romano says.
What is the status with Ko Itakura then? Let’s examine this.
Ko Itakura and Manchester City might cross paths again.
In July of 2022, the Citizens sold the Japan international to Borussia Mönchengladbach for a mere £5 million.
Itakura was acquired by Manchester City for a meagre £1 million in January 2019 from Kawasaki Frontale. The defender was then promptly loaned to FC Groningen and Schalke 04.
Even in the youth ranks, the 26-year-old never really made an appearance for Manchester City.
As Jürgen Klopp and Ange Postecoglou express interest, Itakura may now be ready to fight Manchester City at the top of the Premier League with either Liverpool or Tottenham, according to Romano.
ADVANCED CITY STORIES
The defender, who was born in Yokohama, is reportedly being watched by elite teams, according to the dependable Italian writer, and Liverpool has dispatched scouts to watch him multiple times.
This season, Itakura has made seven appearances in the Bundesliga and netted two goals.
The interest shown by Tottenham and Liverpool is evident.
Given the interest from Liverpool and Tottenham, some may argue that Manchester City made a mistake in selling Itakura, but we believe it speaks well of the Citizens.
For under £1 million, Txiki Begiristain was able to secure a highly promising player. Had Pep Guardiola not already been able to boast of his immense wealth, the Japanese star’s story would have turned out quite differently.
The City Football Group’s recruitment strategies are effective, though, as evidenced by the interest shown by Klopp and Postecoglou. Perhaps the key takeaway from this is the need of extending the loan periods of these jewels rather than authorising permanent departures when feasible.
Keep a watch on this, as Manchester City and Itakura may soon cross paths once more.