Liverpool FC are bracing themselves for a third and final bid of around £50 million for Raheem Sterling. It is very possible that Liverpool would find it hard to refuse such a large sum for the unsettled youngster, and the money would come in very handy for Brendan Rodgers as he strives to add some world-class quality to his current squad.
He could quite easily afford to buy Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton, Robert Firmino from Hoffenheim and Carlos Bacca from Seville and have some loose change left over from the £50 million fee they would receive for Sterling.
The Sterling saga has been running for quite a while now, and the winger himself has yet to come out and state that he actually wants to leave Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has said he wants him to stay, and at the end of the day it is Liverpool FC who will have the final word on the situation.
Money talks however and it is almost guaranteed that if City come in with a £50 million bid, FSG the owners of Liverpool will decide it is too big a bid to ignore. Man City desperately need home grown players to conform to UEFA regulations and Sterling is at the top of Manuel Pellegrini’s list of summer targets.
Having already lost Micah Richards to Aston Villa and of course James Milner to Liverpool, Manchester City cannot afford to be beaten to Sterling's signature by another club, hence the probable third bid of around £50 million.
In truth, Man City will be paying way over the odds for Sterling. He is just 20 years old and has a lot to learn about the game. When you consider the likes of Aguero cost £38 million, Costa cost Chelsea £32 million, Hazard cost Chelsea £32 million and Alexis Sanchez cost Arsenal much less than City are prepared to pay for Sterling, it makes you wonder if Man City are going overboard on a young player who obviously throws his toys out of the pram when he doesn't get his way.
People seem to have forgotten that for a lad of 20 years old, he seems to get tired very easily. He asked Roy Hodgson to leave him out of an England game last October, and Liverpool also agreed to give him a week’s holiday away in Jamaica in January, right in the middle of the season. His relationship with the club he joined in 2010 has deteriorated during his increasingly acrimonious contract stand-off.
His form plummeted in the closing months of last season and his popularity with supporters also nosedived with Sterling heckled at both the unveiling of the new kit and also the end of season awards. It seems that a parting of the ways is the only solution to the problem, and the sooner it happens the better it will be for Liverpool FC.
They will be able to use the funds to strengthen the current squad and they will then be able to concentrate on planning for the new season ahead, which could well turn out to be one of the most important season's in the club's recent history, and without a doubt the most important in the managerial career of Brendan Rodgers.