The Reds last night turned down an offer of £25m plus add-ons from Manchester City for wantaway forward Raheem Sterling – according to reports on BBC Sport.
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They state that we will continue to hold out for closer to £50m, if indeed we do take the decision to sell the youngster, something Brendan Rodgers remains adamant won’t be happening.
Rodgers said last month (via the BBC) that he expected the England international to stay put for the remaining two years of his contract. This came after Sterling’s agent – the now infamous Aidy Ward – claimed that the 20-year-old wouldn’t sign a new deal at Anfield, even if £900,000-per-week was offered.
“Raheem has two years left on his deal and I expect him to see that two years through,” said Rodgers. “We want to resolve the situation but it doesn’t change my approach to him. There is no problem there.”
However, Rodgers subsequently dropped Sterling for the last game of our Premier League season – the 6-1 defeat at Stoke City – and interest in the player has been continuing to build throughout the opening weeks of the off-season, most notably from Manchester City.
According to the BBC, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has pledged to invest heavily on players this summer, after a disappointing season for the blue half of Manchester. They limply surrendered their Premier League title to Chelsea and again failed to progress beyond the first knockout round of the Champions League.
“You will see us in the market bringing in high-quality individuals that fit within what we are aspiring to,” he said.
“We want a squad which is able and has the capability and quality to win the Premier League, to compete and win the Champions League and be able to go all the way in two cup competitions in England.”
It appears as if City have their hearts set on Sterling. Should we let him go? If so, how much for? These are the battles which are going to rage all summer long. The outcome? That’s anyone’s guess!