Serie A giants Juventus should test Liverpool’s resolve with a mammoth bid for versatile forward Raheem Sterling.
The 20-year-old’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, and an interview given to the BBC has further plunged the rumour mill into overdrive.
Brendan Rodgers would be perhaps be unwilling to sell his star side to a Premier League rival, and with Massimiliano Allegri eager to recruit a playmaker Juventus should attempt to take England’s brightest star to Italy.
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In the interview, Sterling insists he “just wants to be known as a kid who wants to play football,” but fans will now have other ideas after he admitted to turning down a contract worth a report £100,000 a week.
What will concern Rodgers is how the player also admitted to being flattered by interest from Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, who could make a move if pacey winger Theo Walcott leaves the Emirates Stadium within the next year.
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Sterling also delivers a veiled dig at his current employers by speaking of his desire to win silverware, something the Reds have failed to do since 2006 where Rafael Benitez ruled the roost and Steven Gerrard was in his pomp.
He also admits he would of signed a new contract had he been offered one at the same stage of the season last year, but after the departure of Luis Suarez and Gerrard soon to join him out of the exit door he now seems content to wind down his contract and look for a move elsewhere.
Allegri wants to transform Juventus into major players on the European scene, with the club having last won the Champions League way back in 1996.
His attempts at guiding them to the giant silver trophy could take a knock if Carlos Tevez and Paul Pogba depart to Boca Juniors and Manchester United in the summer, but landing England’s latest superstar would be a huge statement of intent.
Sterling’s pace and rapidity would cause havoc for Italian defences up and down the country, and could be just the signing to ensure their recent spell of domestic dominance stretch into a fifth year.
United, Arsenal and even Manchester City are also interested but the club hierarchy would rather sell abroad, particularly after the bitterness at sanctioning Fernando Torres’ £50million departure to Chelsea over four years ago.
Meanwhile Juventus are considering a move for United forward Angelo Henriquez, according to a report in the Daily Express.
The youngster’s contract is due to expire and the Old Lady could offer him a chance to emulate Pogba by swapping rainy Manchester for the sun and success of Turin.