Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko has rejected the opportunity to join Liverpool as part of a deal to take versatile Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling to the Etihad.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that Dzeko doesn't want to be involved in the deal, as he doesn't want to move to Anfield this summer.
The striker, of course, has failed to hold down a regular place in Manuel Pellegrini's starting XI at the Etihad in recent time, but it appears that he wants to fight for his place in Manchester - rather than move to Merseyside.
City, then, may well have to offer a straight cash deal for Sterling, as they go about bringing one of England's brightest prospects to the club.
The future of Sterling, of course, has been the subject of much debate in recent time, with the same report from the Mirror claiming that the Citizens will make another offer for the wide-man after having had a bid in the region of £30 million rejected last week.
It's far from certain as to whether the Reds hierarchy will allow the youngster to move on in the upcoming transfer window, but it certainly won't be easy for Manchester City to get their man, as Pellegrini and Co. go about getting the Citizens back to the summit of the Premier League table.
For Liverpool, on the other hand, it has already been a busy period with as many as three players having agreed to join the club on free transfers, while the same report from the Mirror claims that the club still want to land the Premier League duo of Christian Benteke and Nathaniel Clyne.
Sell and move on
Ok, the Sterling saga may well rumble on for some time to come, but perhaps Liverpool should look to move him on this summer. The England international may well have a contract at Anfield, but his head has clearly been turned, and it's going to prove difficult for the Liverpool support to get behind him once again.
At the end of the day, if the club manage to secure a huge deal for the player's services, then they should look to invest the money in replacing him.
But that, of course, is the hard part for the Liverpool hierarchy, who failed so spectacularly in the transfer market last summer. Despite spending millions, the club's new recruits failed to really prove their credentials under Brendan Rodgers, so it's crucial the club get it right in this window.
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