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Manchester City prepare final offer for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

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Manchester City are ready to launch their third and final offer for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling worth as much as £45 million, according to Goal.

The Citizens have already seen two offers worth £30m and £35m rejected but are ready to throw an extra £10m to try and seal the transfer before the start of July.

Liverpool are believed to be holding out for £50m but may see the £40m upfront offer plus a further £5m in performance-related bonuses as a fair compromise.

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Brendan Rodgers is happy with the offer and wants the money to be added to his transfer budget as soon as possible. However, it will be down to the Anfield transfer committee to make the final decision.

Sterling has already told Liverpool that he wants to leave this summer and is refusing to sign a new contract having earlier rejected a deal worth £100,000-a-week.

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He is yet to submit a formal transfer request but doing so would certainly make it easier for Liverpool to accept Manchester City's offer. In doing so, Sterling is likely to forfeit loyalty payments and save the Reds a heap of cash.

Bidding war

While Rodgers would accept the offer, the rest of Liverpool's hierarchy are hoping that some of Sterling's other suitors emerge and force the price up further.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has already hinted that he will make a bid while reports have suggested that Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid are all keeping tabs on the situation.

Cashing in

Rodgers want Sterling out of the club as soon as possible so he can start to rebuild. Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne are two key targets, but Liverpool will need the cash from Sterling's sale to complete both deals.

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