Raheem Sterling could shock Liverpool fans this summer and make a controversial switch to Manchester United, as he is keen to work under Louis van Gaal.
According to a surprise new report in The Guardian the Anfield youngster is open to the idea of becoming the first player to transfer between the two eternal enemies for 77 years, although he is wary about the backlash from the fans that it would cause.
Only yesterday was it claimed in the papers that United would be willing to test Brendan Rodgers’ resolve when it comes to keeping Sterling in Merseyside, with a £25 million bid said to be being prepared at Old Trafford.
The latest update to the story, and by far the most alarming yet if you’re a Reds fan, sees it made clear that not only is Louis van Gaal an admirer of the 20-year-old’s talents, but the respect is wholly reciprocated by Sterling himself.
What makes the situation even more interesting is of course the fact that he has already rejected a £100,000-a-week contract offer from Liverpool, a fairly hefty proposal for Rodgers to place on the table given Sterling’s age.
That would imply that he has his heart set on a departure this summer, and his agent has already confirmed he won’t be accepting any deal that comes his way from the powers that be at Anfield.
Whilst that is now common knowledge though that doesn’t change the fact that a move to United wouldn’t just upset the apple cart but completely knock it off the face of the earth.
There’s a reason it’s been so long since any player swapped Liverpool for Old Trafford, or vice versa, and it has more than just a little bit to do with the animosity the two clubs, and their raucous sets of fans, have for each other.
Given the way his situation has been approached and handled Reds supporters might no longer be too gutted to see Sterling move to Real Madrid this summer. If he agrees to join Van Gaal’s project in Manchester however there could quite literally be hell to pay.
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