Manchester City are set to go head to head with a number of Europe's top clubs in an attempt to lure Raheem Sterling away from Liverpool.
The Anfield starlet became a regular for Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool narrowly missed out on a first ever Premier League title last campaign, and was one of the stars of the show.
But following Liverpool's disastrous start to this season, the Manchester Evening News claim City will attempt to lure Sterling to the Etihad.
The England winger still has two and a half years remaining on his existing Reds deal, but that won't prevent City from making a move for one of the hottest properties in European football.
Such has been Sterling's impact since his promotion to the Liverpool first team, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have both been credited with an interest while Chelsea have also been linked with a move.
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Liverpool's second place finish last campaign has given Sterling the chance to showcase his talents in the Champions League this season, but Rodger's men look likely to need a miracle if they're to qualify for the tournament for a second successive season.
That could make City an attractive option for Sterling, who is sure to want to continue to test himself against the world's best on a regular basis.
With City aiming to retain their Premier League crown for a first time, the chance to regularly compete for silverware could also tempt the 20-year-old to Manchester.
Although Sterling has yet to agree terms on a new long-term contract, the fact his current deal runs through until 2017 will make him an expensive target for any club.
However, money is unlikely to deter City who are expected to spend big again next summer after having to comply to Financial Fair Play sanctions during the last transfer window.
What's more is that City could likely recoup any transfer fee, and perhaps even make a profit, should Sterling shine at the Etihad.
While Liverpool will of course be reluctant to let go of their crown jewell, they're hand may be forced should top clubs come calling.
Luis Suarez' big-money move to Barcelona in the summer proved the Anfield club are vulnerable to losing stars to the world's elite, and although City are not quite at Barca's level, they certainly aspire to reach it sooner rather than later.
With speculation rife over the future of Rodgers, the man who's facilitated Sterling's rise to stardom, the England starlet could be the next Liverpool man pressing for a move away from Merseyside.
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