Liverpool are ready to let Raheem Sterling rot in the reserves and won’t retain him as a first-team regular if Manchester City refuse to meet their £50million valuation, according to new reports.
The Daily Mirror today speculates that the Reds are less than impressed with how Sterling has conducted himself as he angles for a summer move away from Anfield, with American owners John Henry, Mike Gordon and Tom Werner ready to punish him heavily.
Sterling puts his foot down
Earlier this week it was made known that the England international has informed Liverpool he won’t be travelling with the club for the team’s pre-season tour, and he also bunked two training sessions - it was claimed he was ill.
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Sterling’s actions are assumed by many to be his way of attempting to force through a move to City, who are long-term admirers of the playmaker and want to make a deal this summer.
However, there remains issued regarding how much Manuel Pellegrini and the powers that be in the blue half of Manchester will pay.
Liverpool are unmoved on their stance that Sterling will leave for £50m or he won’t leave at all, whereas City seem to value him at slightly less than that figure and don’t want to be held to ransom.
In any case a deal could still be agreed upon by the two parties, but for Sterling now it’s a matter of desperation. If City back out of a deal or simply refuse to go any higher than the £40m they’ve offered so far, the player could be stuck at Anfield.
If that happens the Reds are prepared to relegate him to the reserves, and won’t allow him to feature in the Premier League until January, when they can once again listen to offers from suitors.
As it stands they’re supposedly ready to contact the PFA if Sterling makes good on his promise to refuse to travel with the squad for pre-season.
The player himself will no doubt be praying a deal with City can be reached before that happens.
Liverpool fans, are you fed up with how Sterling is behaving? What should happen to him now? Let us know in the comments box below.