Manchester City are leading the race to sign Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling this summer with a £45m deal in the pipeline, according to The Mail.
The 20-year-old infamously rejected a £100,000-a-week deal with the Anfield club and his agent, Aidy Ward, has recently claimed that not even a £900,000-a-week offer would convince him to sign.
As one of England's brightest young stars, City are joined by Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in wanting to sign him.
While Sterling is likely to have a number of attractive offers to choose from this summer, Manchester City are now believed to be well ahead of their Premier League rivals as Manuel Pellegrini looks to reshape his squad.
They are ready to offer Liverpool a stunning financial package worth £45m for Sterling and will convince him on a move to the Etihad with a £120,000-a-week offer.
Arsenal are reported to be very keen on Sterling with Arsene Wenger refusing to rule himself out of the race earlier this week, but it is unlikely the Gunners could compete with the £80m package Manchester City are offering.
Chelsea are only keeping tabs on the situation at the moment while Liverpool will surely do everything they can to make sure Sterling doesn't join their arch-rivals Manchester United.
The important factor
But the most important factor is that Sterling still has two years left on his current £35,000-a-week contract.
"The simple fact is Raheem has two years left on his contract."
Brendan Rodgers would not like to keep a player against his will but recently declared that Liverpool remain in the driving seat with regards to Sterling's future.
Rodgers is quoted in the same report as saying: "The ownership have shown strength in their time here. They have done an incredible job to stabilise the club. In this situation, they will show that strength and power to the club. The simple fact is Raheem has two years left on his contract."
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