Manchester City have seemingly emerged as the leading contenders to sign coveted Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling during the approaching summer transfer window.
Liverpool have placed on hold negotiations with Sterling and his representatives regarding a new contract, and there would appear to be uncertainty regarding his future with the club.
City have been identified as one of numerous potential suitors were Liverpool to sell and, according to Steve Bates of the Sunday People, the 2013/14 champions are ‘confident’ they will recruit the England international.
Sterling is still contracted to Liverpool for two more seasons but, were he to reject further offers from the club, then it may force them into a position where the 20-year-old needs to be sold. City are ready to pounce.
It is claimed that City may even bid a mind-boggling £55 million - the most ever for an English player - and would be prepared to pay Sterling 100 percent more than Liverpool have been willing to so far.
Liverpool had presented Sterling with a contract worth £100,000-per-week, but that was rejected. It is now reported that City would pay £200,000-per-week, dependant on the team’s successes during his time at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea have also been linked with Sterling, as have Arsenal and Real Madrid, and speculation will continue until he puts pen to paper, although it is far from certain that he will.
Liverpool, for their part, claim that they would not sell Sterling this summer even if he did make it clear that he would not commit to another contract.
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