Manchester United are interested in bringing Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling to Old Trafford this summer, it has sensationally been claimed.
As reported by talkSPORT, The Sun’s Neil Custis - when talking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show - revealed that the Red Devils are 'very much in' the race to land him in the upcoming transfer window, but went on to admit that it would prove extremely difficult for the club to secure his signature.
As well as revealing that Manchester United want the England international, Custis insisted that the club's Premier League rivals Manchester City could also make a move for the player who has been tipped to leave Anfield for around £40 million.
Sterling, of course, is expected to tell Liverpool chiefs that he wants to depart the club after previously rejecting a new long term deal with the Reds worth as much as £100,000-a-week over five-years.
Shock Sterling move
Perhaps, then, a move to Manchester could take place for the 20-year-old, as he goes about leaving Merseyside behind.
Custis told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show: “Manchester United and Manchester City have [declared they are interested],” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“A move to Manchester United is obviously less likely, someone moving from Liverpool to Man United has not happened for decades and decades.
“They are both very much in for him though.
“I’m not sure whether his fee will be as much as £40m. He was booed by his own fans at an awards dinner, and I don’t seem a way back for him now [at Liverpool]. It’s time to move on.”
As pointed out by Custis, it would certainly come as a major shock if the Red Devils landed the player, but perhaps they really will make an attempt to bring him to the Theatre of Dreams, in what would prove one of the most controversial signings in Premier League history.
United don't actually need him
Ok, so we're well aware that it would be shocking if United actually secured the services of the talented wide-man, but in truth, the club don't exactly need him anyway.
With Memphis Depay already signed, United have an array of attacking talent, with the likes of Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj, Juan Mata, Ashley Young and Co. already plying their trade at the club.
Of course, the rumour regarding Welsh wizard Gareth Bale may well rumble on over the course of the summer as well, but that's completely different. United may not need Sterling, but they do need Bale. Why?
Yes, they are similar players, but Bale is world-class - he's on another level to Sterling. When you get the opportunity to bring a player of Bale's stature to your club, it's often difficult to resist. Forget Sterling - and go for Bale.
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