Manchester United are preparing to launch a £25m bid for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, reports The Mirror.
The Red Devils enquired about the availability of Sterling last month but were firmly knocked back by the Anfield club.
However, there has since been confirmation from the player's agent, Aidy Ward, that he will not be extending his current contract at Liverpool and wants to leave.
That has given Louis van Gaal hope that he can seal what would be one of the most controversial transfers in Premier League history.
Van Gaal sees the England international as one of the brightest talents in Europe and believes he could become a key player at Old Trafford.
The £25m bid, however, will in all likelihood be rejected by Brendan Rodgers, who is looking to keep the 20-year-old at the club for the duration of the two-years remaining on his contract.
Should he leave, Liverpool are hoping for something closer to £60m and would surely resist any attempts from their arch rivals.
Manchester United's offer will spark what is likely to be one of the summer's most fiercely contested bidding wars.
Manchester City will respond to United's offer while London clubs Chelsea and Arsenal have also been accredited with an interest in the midfielder.
Should he leave, Liverpool would prefer to send him abroad where he can do little damage to Liverpool's chances of finishing in the top four next season.
Luckily, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are interested, but it is unlikely the Spanish and German giants would match any offer from a Premier League club.
His homegrown status make him much more valuable to the likes of Manchester United than Real Madrid.
There is also a suggestion that Sterling wants to move back to London, where he grew up and retains a group of close friends.
More specifically, Sterling grew up in north London, meaning Arsenal could be considered early favourites to land his signature.
However, the Gunners do not have the financial resources of their Premier League rivals and could also be focusing on signing other players.
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