Manchester City are hopeful that they will tie up the £50m deal for Raheem Sterling by the end of next week, which will allow him to link up with his new teammates during their pre-season tour of Australia.
According to the Daily Star, the Etihad side have already had two bids rejected for the Liverpool winger, with the most recent adding up to around £40m. The Star report that the Reds want £50m.
And it now appears that Manuel Pellegrini’s men are willing to meet the Merseyside club’s valuation of the player, and while the deal will not be completed in time for the rest of the squad’s departure down under, he is expected to join them at some point before their return, the Star report.
The transfer would make the former Queens Park Rangers trainee the most expensive Englishman of all-time.
While the Citizens are getting an exciting player, should the deal go ahead, Reds fans will be probably grateful that the saga is reaching a conclusion, after it seemed to bring a dark cloud over Anfield for much of the latter stages of last season. His departure will finally allow Rodgers and his squad to move on.