Manchester City have emerged as heavy favourites to sign unsettled Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, and will make a £45m bid when the transfer window opens, according to the Daily Mail.
It has been widely reported that Sterling will reject a contract worth £100,000 per week and tell Liverpool that he would like to leave, rumours intensified by comments made by his agent, with Aidy Ward claiming in an interview with the London Evening Standard that the 20-year-old will not commit his future to the club even if he were offered £900,000 per week.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said that he believes Sterling will remain at Anfield at least until his current contract expires in the summer of 2017, but the uncertainty over the England star’s future has led to significant interest from some of the Reds’ main Premier League rivals. Man City are leading the race, but Arsenal and Chelsea are both said to be also in contention.
When asked on Friday, City boss Manuel Pellegrini did not rule out a move for Sterling, and admitted that he will make changes to his squad over the summer in the wake of their failure to win a trophy this season.
Sterling is Liverpool’s second top scorer this season with 11 goals, but has struggled for form of late. Sunday’s game away to Stoke City could turn out to be his last game for the club, for whom he made his senior debut aged 17 in May 2012.
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