Manchester United are not interested in signing Raheem Sterling this summer according to Sky Sports.
The Liverpool winger looks set to leave Anfield after turning down a £100,000-per-week new contract and reportedly telling boss Brendan Rodgers he wants a move this summer.
His agent Aidy Ward revealed today in an explosive interview with the Evening Standard that his client wouldn't sign a contract worth £900,000-per-week such is his desire to leave. He also suggested that Sterling isn't interested in a move abroad.
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The leaves Liverpool exposed to the prospect of losing the 20-year-old to a direct Premier League rival - however it looks unlikely that he will be on his way to Manchester United. Reports last night suggested that boss Louis van Gaal wanted to make Sterling the first player to join one rival club form the other since 1964 however Sky Sports report that the Red Devils aren't interested in the England winger.
They add that Manchester United are instead occupied with Gareth Bale's situation at Real Madrid. The Welshman has endured a torrid second season at the Bernabeu and is reportedly contemplating his future at the club. Sky Sports say that as things stand the former Tottenham star isn't on Van Gaal's summer transfer hitlist - however if Real Madrid intimate that they are willing to sell then Manchester United will make their move.
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Sterling is under contract with Liverpool until 2017 and the Reds will do everything in their power to keep him at the club, with Chelsea and Manchester City believed to be interested in luring him away.
Ward was due to meet with Liverpool tomorrow in order to discuss Sterling's future - however reports are now suggesting that the club have cancelled the meeting after his remarks in the Standard.
Having previously claimed that reports Sterling had asked to leave Liverpool were 'blown out of proportion', Ward went on a surprise rant against the Reds and former players turned pundit, Jamie Carragher who he described as a 'knob'.
He said: "I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don’t care. He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.
“My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
He added: Carragher is a knob. Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players - none of them things matter to me. It is not relevant.” I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every Premier League club will make a bid for him.”
It will be of small comfort to Liverpool that Manchester United aren't interested in signing Sterling - the situation is currently exploding and they are losing control. What was a player who wanted to leave has evolved into a full on war, with his agent seemingly hinting that it was Liverpool who leaked the initial story that Sterling wanted to leave.
If they had any hope of persuading Sterling to stay put - that appears to be long gone.