Raheem Sterling is likely to leave Liverpool and join Premier League rivals Manchester City this summer, according to Ladbrokes.
City are the bookies' favourites for Sterling's signature at 11/8, while the 20-year-old is 2/1 to stay at Anfield. Arsenal (3/1), Chelsea (7/2) and Real Madrid (7/1) are also considered to be in the running.
Break a record?
Due to the number of Premier League teams involved in the speculation, the bookies also predict that Sterling's transfer will break the league record set by Fernando Torres in 2011. Ladbrokes are currently offering 3/1 that a rival offers Liverpool more than the £50 million paid for the Spaniard.
Alex Donohoue of Ladbrokes said: "One look at the shortlist of clubs tells you all bets are off when it come's to Sterling being this summer's big transfer story.
"At the moment City are winning the race but we can't rule out other heavyweights getting sucked into the bidding war either."
Sterling to leave
The record fee for a British player is still the £85m Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale in 2013. The speculation comes after a number of reports were released suggesting Sterling is not happy at Liverpool and feels the club has tried to bully him into signing a new contract.
Sterling and his agent seem to be holding out to frustrate Liverpool in the hope that the club will eventually become so annoyed that they are not only happy to sell him, but they will probably pay his taxi fare too.
It is thought that Sterling will ask to leave Anfield soon, despite having two years left on his current contract. If he does, there will be no shortage of interested parties.
Liverpool fans, what should Sterling do? Is it too late for him to stay on and become a fan favourite again? Let us know in the comments box below.
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