Liverpool chiefs are prepared to allow Raheem Sterling to linger in the reserves for the upcoming season should Manchester City fail to meet their £50m valuation, the Daily Mirror reports.
According to the Mirror, City made contact with the Reds on Friday to make it clear that they will follow up on a new offer believed to be worth £40m with an additional £4m in add ons.
However, Liverpool owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are digging their heels in over a £50m fee, and have insisted that Sterling will be going nowhere if City can’t meet their demands.
Sterling has already told Liverpool bosses that he will not be taking part in the club’s pre-season tour of South East Asia, and even missed the first two days of training, calling in sick to their Melwood training base.
He returned on Friday for two sessions and a meal with his teammates, but should he not turn up ion Sunday, Liverpool will seek advice from the PFA over what action to take.
This could mean a fine of two weeks wages, that the Mirror attribute to being £70,000, but owners John Henry, Mike Gordon and Tom Werner are all distinctly unimpressed by his recent behaviour.
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