The Daily Mirror expects us to call Manchester City’s bluff over their interest in Raheem Sterling, after our Premier League rivals made what they described as a ‘take it or leave it’ offer for the 20-year-old forward.
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As the Mirror report, City made a ‘final’ offer of £40m earlier this week, which has since been rejected by Liverpool. That has subsequently left the former in something of a difficult position, as they ponder whether to go against their work and come back with a third bid.
The source states that the Reds want a minimum of £50m for Sterling, as we know that 20% of any fee would go to his former club QPR, so as that demand seems unlikely to be met we will tell City that we consider the matter to be closed.
Our owners are rightly sick of the ‘circus’ surrounding Sterling’s contract situation, with the Mirror expecting us to give City’s hierarchy a very clear message this week: ‘Shut up or pay up’.
Despite the positive notions in this report, it’s hard to see this saga doing anything but continuing to run all summer long. We’re certainly sick and tired of talking about it, especially when nothing from a Liverpool perspective has particularly changed – we won’t sell for less than £50m and it’s up to everyone else to make something happen.
Would we be wiser to take the money and run? Are we right to hold out on our valuation? Let us know your thoughts, Reds.