Manchester City are hoping that Liverpool’s signing of Brazilian international Roberto Firmino will encourage us to sell Raheem Sterling this summer, according to reports in the Manchester Evening News.
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City have already had two offers for our young star rejected, with the latter supposedly a take it or leave it offer (via the Daily Mirror). However, the two-time Premier League champions are ready to go against their word and make a renewed bid, one that will see them edge closer to our reported £50m valuation (via The Telegraph).
We signed Firmino in a £29m deal yesterday (via BBC Sport), and with the Brazilian preferring to occupy a similar role to the one that Sterling currently operates in, the door could have been opened for the England man to depart.
As the Manchester Evening News tells us, Sterling has turned down a new contract worth around £100,000-a-week on Merseyside, and City remain the heavy favourites for his signature – should he indeed leave in the coming weeks.
Sterling’s sale could help fund further transfer business from Brendan Rodgers and co, including moves for Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne – linked with a £12.5m move by the Liverpool Echo – and Carlos Bacca, who has a £21.5m buyout clause (via the Metro).