Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has emerged as a reported target for Manchester City amid concerns about the protracted contract negotiations he has been in with his current employers.
This is according to The Mirror, who claim Manchester City are monitoring Sterling’s situation with great interest and are prepared to make a move in order to once more demonstrate their financial clout in the transfer market.
City have been under pressure to rein in their spending somewhat in recent windows given FFP regulations but are in a position to challenge once again this summer. And Sterling could be the marquee acquisition they pursue.
Sterling has been in talks regarding an improved deal for some time and, it has been claimed, the 20-year-old recently turned down an enormous pay increase to £100,000-per-week in pursuit of an even more lucrative contract.
Real Madrid and Chelsea have also been linked with the England international amid this apparent uncertainty. Brendan Rodgers has, however, moved to play it down.
There is no suggestion that Sterling is looking to leave Liverpool but speculation will inevitably increase the longer he takes to put pen to paper. City are waiting in the wings and would no doubt offer the salary the player desires.
Stay or go?
But would joining City really be the sensible option for Sterling? He is a player of some repute and would undoubtedly bring plenty to last season’s champions. However, staying at Liverpool makes the most professional sense.
At City there is never a guarantee, even for a player of Sterling’s ability, that any one player will start regularly. Add to this the perennial state of uncertainty given numerous managerial changes, and Liverpool would certainly be a more stable option.
It may, however, all hinge upon Champions League football. If Liverpool can finish in the top four this season then they would be in a stronger bargaining position when it comes to Sterling, and it may be that this is what is required for him to decide on his future at the club.
Liverpool fans: are you worried that Raheem Sterling may leave the club?