Manchester City launch second Sterling bid
Sky Sports are reporting that Manchester City have launched a £40million bid to sign Liverpool’s highly-rated winger Raheem Sterling. The Citizens had already had a bid of around £25million plus add-ons turned down last week, but have decided to up the ante with a renewed bid.
There is a big doubt over Sterling’s future at the Merseyside club, after the youngster decided not to enter discussions over a contract renewal with the Reds. The 20-year-old’s current contract expires in 2017 and the Merseysider’s decided to shelve contract talks in May.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he believes that Sterling will see out the rest of his contract at Anfield, but that would leave Liverpool with no Sterling, and no compensation for the loss of the highly-rated youngster.
Liverpool’s unwillingness to sell is due to Sterling’s supposed immense potential. The youngster is regarded as one of the best young players in Europe, although he endured a rather inconsistent campaign last season.
However, he has shown in the past few years flashes of what he can do when he is in full flow and that is why City are so eager to sign the Jamaica-born winger this summer.
Manchester City are believed to be looking to spend big this summer in an attempt to revive their squad for next season after finishing second in the Premier League last season. The squad is in need of an injection of energy, quality and vitality.
City also needs to add some home-grown players to their squad this summer to meet the Champions League regulations. Sterling seems to tick a lot of the boxes for the Citizens, even if he does seem rather pricey at £40million.
Along with Sterling, City are also believed to be interested in signing Belgian international Kevin De Bruyne and Paul Pogba this summer. However, Pogba is one of the most in-demand players in world football, with the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea also mooted as possible destinations for the Frenchman.
Some of tabloids have been reporting that the Citizens may be interested in signing England international Fabian Delph from Aston Villa this summer. He would fit the bill when it comes to being English, but whether he would play much first team football at City is a major doubt.
At the moment Manchester City looks like Sterling’s only possible destination if he does left Merseyside this summer. Chelsea have reportedly baulked at Liverpool’s asking price of £50million, so that leaves City as the only club willing to pay anywhere near the asking price.
Manchester City will no doubt spend big this summer and boss Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be busy in the transfer market. Raheem Sterling may well be heading for the Etihad Stadium next season.
However Liverpool does not look like they will part company with the highly-rated youngster easily and could hold out for £50million.
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