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Manchester City set to profit as Aston Villa launch transfer bid for former attacker



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Manchester City could be set for a payday should Aston Villa splash the cash on former City youngster Morgan Rogers.

Rogers has emerged as a top target for a few Premier League clubs after excelling at Middlesbrough in recent months. According to recent reports in England, Aston Villa boss Unai Emery is particularly keen on securing the 21-year-old this January.

The former Manchester City man joined Boro just six months ago but has made a major impact for Michael Carrick’s side in a variety of attacking roles. Rogers’ influence has been felt the most in the Carabao Cup, where he scored four goals in five games.

Per reports earlier in the week, Manchester City could see some kickback should Villa splash the cash on Rogers this winter as following up on those reports, the Telegraph’s John Percy has revealed that City had inserted a ‘high sell-on fee’ in the deal that saw Rogers depart the Etihad in the summer of 2023.

Aston Villa have seen two offers for Rogers rejected during the winter window, with Middlesbrough reportedly insisting he will not leave ‘at less than full value’.

While Rogers has not made any senior appearances for the Manchester City first team, the Etihad outfit could still be on the receiving end of a hefty chunk of money if the attackers makes a big move to the Premier League.

The Premier League champions have become known for using sell-on clauses when parting ways with young talents, most famously collecting a big payday when Manchester United purchased Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund in 2021.

Back on the pitch, Manchester City find themselves two points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool after 20 games, but will not play another game in the league until January 31 when they take on Burnley.

Before traveling to Turf Moor however, City will head to London and look to break their duck at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in an FA Cup fourth round tie with Ange Postecoglou’s men.