Manchester City coach Patrick Vieira has fuelled speculation that the Citizens are about to match Liverpool’s £50m valuation for Raheem Sterling(via The
According to The Sun, City’s reserve team manager believes that the 20-year-old has got an immense amount of quality, and thus deserves to be attracting plenty of attention.
“I think if you go down and ask ten people what they think about him, I think nine would give you a positive answer,” Vieira explained.
“I would be part of the nine people because he’s shown how good he is, how well he’s been doing at Liverpool,” he added.
The former Arsenal man’s admission appears to confirm that his club remain in the running to sign the England international, after The Sun reported that the Reds had already turned down two bids from Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
And The Sun suggest that a third bid is on its way, though at £45m, it still falls short of the Merseyside club’s valuation of the player.
However, following the huge news coming out of Anfield this morning that Roberto Firmino has joined in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim (via BBC Sport), Brendan Rodgers may be willing to let Sterling move on if City’s bid comes close to their asking price, having secured a more than adequate replacement.