Manchester City will rival neighbours Manchester United with a £30m offer for Raheem Sterling next week. This will include a straight cash offer of £25m with an additional £5m to be paid in various add-ons.
As the Daily Mirror report, the Manchester duo face competition from Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid for the Liverpool forward, as the race to secure a deal for the much talked-about youngster begins to intensify.
No doubt, most Liverpool fans will be rolling their eyes at this news. After all, it’s nothing we haven’t heard before. We all know that this saga is going to run and run throughout the summer, with an ending that’s impossible to accurately predict.
Nonetheless, the Mirror state that City remain the favourites to get a deal done, and with the Reds having already poached James Milner from the Etihad Stadium, we’d probably be more inclined to sell to Manuel Pellegrini’s side than to any of our other Premier League rivals.
There’s absolutely no chance we’d ever agree to sell to United – no player has moved between the two clubs since the 1960s – so a significant bid from City would be the first real test to our owners resolve. The Mirror suggest that both FSG and Brendan Rodgers remain intent on keeping Sterling, but accepting a big-money bid would arguably be a better outcome than allowing him to run down the last two years of his contract.
However, when we say big-money, we’re thinking £50m plus. This is one of the best young players in the world after all. So City, if for whatever reason you’re reading this, maybe have a rethink and try again!