Chelsea and Arsenal are amongst the clubs keeping a close eye on Raheem Sterling’s contract situation at Liverpool, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claims that both Premier League clubs - as well as Manchester City - are ready to pounce if the Jamaican-born winger turns down a new contract offer to stay at Anfield.
Sterling has been a revelation for the Reds this season, with new boss Brendan Rodgers giving the teenager his chance to shine out wide for the first team.
England boss Roy Hodgson has since handed the player an international call-up, with Sterling tipped to become the third youngest player ever to represent the Three Lions against Sweden on Wednesday.
However, speculation in the same publication that Sterling wants a £50,000 deal at Liverpool is wide of the mark, according to the player.
“I have just woken up to this rubbish but I can assure you I’ve not asked for that stupid amount. We’re waiting till I’m 18 to sign,” he wrote on Twitter, according to The Daily Star.
A four-year deal in the region of £20,000 per week has been mooted as a more realistic figure for the Liverpool starlet in the same report, but if things were to go wrong before his birthday on December 8th, clubs are ready to pounce.
Arsenal continued their disappointing start to the season at the weekend with a draw against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium, and manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with a number of players ahead of the New Year window - most recently Wilfried Zaha and Edin Dzeko.
And, with Theo Walcott in the final 12 months of his current Gunners contract, Sterling would represent a direct replacement if the England winger opts to leave Arsenal.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo has continued the philosophy of former manager Andre Villas-Boas since taking charge at Stamford Bridge, investing heavily in young players like Eden Hazard and Oscar.
The signing of Sterling would be another step towards a bright future for the Blues, although Chelsea will know there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome before adding the player to their west London ranks.