Raheem Sterling has been at the centre of a huge contract row so far this season…
Liverpool fans can maybe breathe a sigh of relief this morning with the news that big-spending Premier League rivals Manchester City are set to give up on their pursuit of Reds forward Raheem Sterling.
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Reports in the Daily Mirror suggest that City will instead turn their attentions to former Chelsea man Kevin de Bruyne, who is currently starring for high-flying Bundesliga side Wolfsburg – and they’ve similarly been linked with Arsenal’s Theo Walcott in the Times.
De Bruyne, the 23-year-old Belgian, has become one of Europe’s most sought after properties over the past year, following on from his £18m move away from Stamford Bridge in January 2014.
As was revealed yesterday by the Daily Mail, Sterling has continued to stall on his potential new Liverpool contract for several months. The youngster has two years left to run on his current Anfield deal after this season, and has turned down at least one offer.
Sterling has already turned down £90,000-per-week and, according to the Daily Mail, would be prepared to reject up to £180,000, amidst interest from a host of European giants.
The news of City’s apparent lowering in interest will at least come as a boost to Brendan Rodgers and co. who will be desperate to hang on to one of the finest young players on the planet.