Liverpool have decided that they will not sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester United under any circumstances, reports Sky Sports.
Anfield sources have told the leading sports channel that Brendan Rodgers still has every intention of keeping the 20-year-old at the club and will rebuff the attempts of any club to sign him this summer.
However, there is also an understanding that Liverpool have a price in mind that they will sell Sterling for, albeit not to their biggest rivals in Manchester.
That offer is likely to be astronomical with some reports suggesting they want £60m from a Premier League club and £45m from a foreign outfit.
Liverpool officials understand that keeping Sterling against his will could have a detrimental effect on the rest of the squad and would also force them to sell for less than his market value if he fails to extend his contract before next summer.
Sterling famously rejected a £100,000-a-week deal with Liverpool and has since cancelled talks over an improved offer.
The midfielder still has two-years remaining on his current deal, but his agent has already confirmed that he has no intention of signing a new contract, even if Liverpool offer £900,000-a-week apparently.
Moving to Manchester
But, whatever happens, Liverpool will not allow Sterling to become the first player since 1938 to switch Anfield for Old Trafford; an idea that the player himself is reportedly open to.
Manchester United were set to open the bidding for Sterling with a £25m offer. Such a bid would be dismissed as derisory by Anfield chiefs, but it would at least give the player a reason to push for a move.
Plenty of interest
Liverpool would certainly prefer to send Sterling to another league and Real Madrid's new manager Rafa Benitez has already confirmed that he is an admirer.
But Sterling is keen to stay in England and has also been attracted by the chance to return to his hometown in north London.
Arsenal, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, are also believed to be monitoring Sterling's situation.
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