Liverpool are expecting to be offered a third bid worth £50million from Manchester City for Raheem Sterling this week, according to ESPN sources.
ESPN’s website today relays how the Citizens are reportedly now ready to make a huge effort to purchase the England international following two previous attempts that have both failed to convince Liverpool to part ways with their young forward.
The Reds have rebuffed their Premier League rivals twice so far and are said to be holding out for a minimum fee of £50m, a figure City are now supposedly happy to shell out.
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The third proposal is said to be predicted to be issued later this week, with Liverpool keen to have Sterling’s future resolved by the time they begin their pre-season tour of Asia.
If Manuel Pellegrini does return to the charge, as expected, then the Reds are set to accept his offer for the 20-year-old, who now divides opinion on Merseyside after a controversial end to what was initially shaping up to be a breakthrough season.
During the early stages of the 2014/15 campaign Sterling looked to be the heir apparent to Luis Suarez with regards to being Liverpool’s most important player.
However, once speculation over his long-term future at Anfield took precedent his performances began to wane, and fans were quick to voice their criticisms over the fact that he turned down a £100,000-a-week extension from Brendan Rodgers.
The right move to City?
That said Sterling is a player of huge potential, it's a point that cannot be denied. Already a fully-fledged England regular the youngster has proven himself lethal in the Premier League when on song, and perhaps he would learn more from playing week in, week out with players like Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Of course sceptics, and those who don’t want to see Sterling make the move to Manchester, will point towards the fact that other rising stars have transferred to the Etihad only to suffer the frustration of seeing their careers stall.
One gets the feeling that wouldn’t be Sterling’s fate, as is his reputation, but there are already a host of world-class stars playing under Pellegrini that he would have to compete with.
Whatever his future holds it appears as though the damage with regards to his rapport with the Anfield faithful is irreparable. If he stays Sterling will have his work cut out in getting them back on his side, whereas if he leaves he can give Liverpool the funds to make further inroads in the transfer market.
Liverpool fans, do you think Sterling should be sold ASAP? Does he have a future at Anfield? Let us know in the comments box below.