Manchester United have launched a stunning enquiry in a bid to sign Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.
This has been reported by the Mirror, who claim that the Red Devils could yet press ahead with a bid for the England international in what would no doubt prove one of the most controversial deals in the Premier League era.
Sterling, of course, has been the subject of much debate in recent time after revealing that he turned down a mega contract offer from the Merseyside club worth as much as £100,000-a-week. In fact, the report from the Mirror goes on to reveal that the versatile forward will tell the club that he wants to depart when they sit down for talks later this week.
Despite Sterling's hope for a move, it appears that Reds chiefs are determined to keep hold of the talented youngster, but that may not stop Louis van Gaal and Co. pressing ahead with a move sooner rather than later.
Not since Phil Chisnall in 1964 has a player switched between the two clubs, as he left Manchester United behind in favour or a move to Liverpool, so at this stage any potential deal seems to be way off, but that may not stop the Red Devils as they go in search of improvement ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
United, though, aren't the only Premier League club interested in the player's signature, with the same report going on to reveal that their Manchester rivals have a huge interest in the wide-man.
In fact, the Mirror claims that Manchester City believe Liverpool will be forced into selling their top talent in the upcoming window, with a potential deal worth as much as £40 million possible.
As well as United and City, both Arsenal and Chelsea could yet make movements, but it's far from certain as to whether they will step up their interest in him.
Liverpool can't/won't sell to United
Perhaps, if Sterling was actually running out of contract at Anfield this summer, then United would actually stand a chance of bringing him to Old Trafford, but this is a deal that the Merseyside outfit just can't entertain.
For all the problems within the club at the moment, selling their star player to their greatest rivals would stun the club's support, so it has to be more likely that he will move to either of City, Arsenal or Chelsea.
In truth, despite Sterling's wish to leave, it wouldn't be entirely surprising if the club stood firm with the player and kept him for next season. At the end of the day, he still has two years remaining on his deal with the club, so they are under no obligation to sell anytime soon.
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