Liverpool will insist that the £55 million release clause that Raheem Sterling wants inserted into his new contract applies to foreign clubs only, according to the Daily Mail.
Sterling still hasn't committed his future to the Anfield-based club despite months of talks, which prompted rumours that he could be on the move.
However it now seems likely that he will pen a new contract at Liverpool which will safeguard his short-term future, but there's still the feeling that his long-term future is unclear. According to reports, Sterling and his representatives want a huge release clause put into his new deal so that Liverpool can't block his exit should a major club come calling.
However according to the Daily Mail, Liverpool want the clause to only be for foreign clubs. That is good news for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid, but not for Chelsea who have been linked with Sterling in the past.
Should Chelsea try and make a move for Sterling then they are unlikely to find negotiations straight-forward.
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Liverpool blocked Luis Saurez's move to Arsenal in 2013 despite the player's camp believing that the Gunners had activated a clause in his contract. Owner John W. Henry later admitted that he had pushed the boundaries of the law by knocking back the Gunners.
The Liverpool ace has certainly been attracting interest from overseas, and Barcelona legend Xavi picked him out as one to watch in a recent interview. Along with Chelsea, Manchester City have also been linked with the 19-year-old, who joined Liverpool for just £1 million from QPR in 2010.
The Reds re-opened talks with Sterling last month following a call from chief executive Ian Ayre after reports had linked him with a move to Real Madrid.
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