Manchester City have made a third bid for Raheem Sterling, and their hopes of completing a deal may have been boosted after Liverpool lined up a potential replacement.
According to The Sun, the Citizens’ latest offer is considerably higher than their previous bid that included £35m up front, and £5m in add-ons. However, The Sun suggest that the Reds want £50m for the 20-year-old.
While the offer may not match that asking price, Brendan Rodgers may be more willing to sell after the winger once again stole the headlines upon his return for pre-season. The Sun report that Sterling missed training twice in the past week – allegedly due to illness – and asked not to be considered to be included in the squad to take part in the pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.
A major indication of whether the England international has a future at Anfield is whether he joins the touring party, that departs today. Should he decide to not turn up, the writing will surely be on the wall.
While Rodgers is clearly keen to keep hold of the player, he is already planning for his departure. The Sun suggest that Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev is being lined up for a £15m move.
Should Sterling decide that he cannot join the club on their tour, and should a bid for the Russia international be accepted, then the longest-running transfer saga of the summer may be about to finally reach a conclusion.