Liverpool starlet Jordon Ibe is yet to commit his future to the club amidst interest from some of the Premier League's biggest clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal.
The 19-year-old has made 10 Premier League appearances this term and has been tipped as a star for the future - however that may not be at Liverpool.
According to the Sun, Ibe has been offered a new deal worth £25,000-per-week in order to stay at Anfield - a huge increase from his current deal which is worth £7,000-per-week. However the paper adds that Ibe and his representatives are holding out for an offer worth double that - £50,000-a-week, which is a 600% pay-rise - which is why talks have broken down.
That has reportedly piqued the interest of the likes of Manchester City, who are also believed to be in the running for another Liverpool contract rebel, Raheem Sterling, as well as Arsenal and Chelsea.
Ibe, who made his professional debut with Wycombe and may look favourably on a return to London, has two years to run on his current contract and said after he featured against Chelsea over the weekend that he hoped to have the situation resolved soon.
“Hopefully everything will get sorted out by the end of the season,” he said. It is likely to be Manchester City looking closely at the situation at Liverpool, with the Citizens intent on adding homegrown players to their ranks having been linked with both Sterling and Jack Wilshere in recent months.
Manuel Pellegrini could lose James Milner in the summer, potentially to Liverpool or Arsenal, for nothing when his contract expires - and that may prompt him to step up his pursuit of either Sterling or Ibe.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is likely to do all he can in order to keep Ibe, who he praised as 'exceptional' after the young star made his comeback from four weeks out through injury last month.
"Young Jordon will come back in and I've got to say he's looked absolutely sensational in training," he said. "He's been out for a while but he's been a couple of weeks now out on the field doing his preparation work and he's joined in the training."
There's no doubting Jordon Ibe's potential as one of the best young talents in the country. Although he's only played 10 Premier League games this season he has shown more than enough potential to show he can make it to the top.
However to ask for a £50,000-a-week contract is galling, even if Manchester City or Chelsea would no doubt pay it. He would be better off paying his dues and showing his worth for Liverpool before even considering a move away.
The report in question though smacks of coming from his agent in an attempt to ramp up the pressure on Liverpool - and the tactic will probably work.
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