Manchester City are reported to have made a third and decisive bid for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, with the Daily Mail suggesting that a deal will be concluded in the near future.
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According to the Mail, City have tabled what they believe is a deal-clinching bid, worth around £45m. Their offer means that Sterling will likely be excluded from our pre-season tour squad, despite being included in the initial 30 player list on Saturday.
The source also states that City are in advanced talks with Sterling over the terms of the deal and expect the formalities to be concluded in a swift fashion.
Manuel Pellegrini has been chasing the 20-year-old England international all summer long and finally looks to have got his man. Sterling effectively ended any chance he had of staying at Anfield earlier this week when he skipped two days of training and claimed that his relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers had broken down (via the Mirror).
The Mail reference sources ‘close to the player’, who stated that it was ’50-50′ whether he would catch the plane with the rest of the Liverpool squad on Sunday morning, but we now expect that not to be the case.
There is no word yet on whether Liverpool have accepted City’s offer.