Liverpool are keen to sell wantaway winger Raheem Sterling as quickly as possible in order to fund moves for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke and Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne.
This is according to Mirror journalist David Anderson, who tweeted the news to his 15,000 followers on Monday night.
Anderson said that, at present, Liverpool do not have enough money to complete both deals - hence why they are keen to offload Sterling to the highest bidder.
Article continues below
Sterling, 20, is on the radar of a host of top clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Chelsea also entered the race for the England international’s signature this week, while the player’s preference is understood to be a move to Arsenal.
Liverpool have insisted that Sterling is going nowhere but due to the winger’s desire to move elsewhere, his reluctance to sign a contract extension, and the club’s current financial situation, the Merseyside outfit appear to have decided that it’s in everyone’s best interests to complete a deal.
Article continues below
Man City leading the race
Manchester City’s opening bid worth £25 million was rejected by Liverpool last week, but the Citizens are expected to return for an improved £40 million offer.
City are confident that will be enough to sign Sterling, who is valued at £50 million by the Reds.
Arsenal or Chelsea would have the upper-hand over Manchester City, due to Sterling’s desire to return to London, but either club would need to match City’s offer in order to sign him.
Sterling has insisted that his decision to leave Anfield is not motivated by money - even though he looks certain to earn a more lucrative deal elsewhere - but rather a hunger to make the most of his career in terms of winning trophies and fulfilling his potential.
Liverpool’s failure to secure Champions League football for next season appears to have cost them one of their most gifted players.
Benteke and Clyne would be good addiitons
Benteke, though, would certainly be an upgrade on Mario Balotelli, who has been dismal at Anfield since his £16 million move from AC Milan last summer.
The 24-year-old Belgium international has scored 42 goals in 88 Premier League appearances since arriving at Villa Park from Genk in August 2012.
Clyne, meanwhile, would be a superb addition to Liverpool’s back-line. The Reds saw their £10 million bid for the 24-year-old England international rejected last month, but an improved offer should see him become a Liverpool player before the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
Liverpool fans: would you be happy if Brendan Rodgers spent the Raheem Sterling money on Christian Benteke and Nathaniel Clyne? Let us know by leaving a comment in the box below!