Raheem Sterling’s proposed new and improved contract with Liverpool is reported to have hit a stumbling block over the differences in opinion held by the club and the player’s representatives regarding a suitable release clause.
It is claimed by The Sun on Sunday that Sterling has already rejected one offer from Liverpool with the salary of £70,000-per-week “nowhere near acceptable” and there is now a fresh twist to the ongoing negotiations.
Liverpool reportedly have suggested a release fee of £65 million to be written into Sterling’s new deal, which he is still expected to sign, with this increasing each season in line with the 20-year-old’s expected progression.
The Sterling camp, however, are pushing for something far less than this proposal, with £40 million a more attractive number to them. This is a fee it is suggested Bayern Munich would be prepared to pay for the player.
Liverpool, however, still remain confident the England international will put pen to paper and could do so before the end of January. At the present time he has two-and-a-half years remaining on his Anfield contract.
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Chelsea have been linked with a move for Sterling but any hopes Jose Mourinho may have of bringing the attacker to Stamford Bridge could soon be extinguished. Real Madrid have also been credited with interest.