We reported yesterday that Brendan Rodgers has been making fresh attempts to ensure Raheem Sterling goes nowhere this summer. However, we could be blown out of the water if these latest rumours are to be believed.
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According to the Daily Mirror, outgoing Premier League champions Manchester City are prepared to offer a £55m transfer fee and a £200,000-per-week wage packet to get their man.
As highly as we rate Sterling, let us be the first to offer to drive him to Manchester ourselves if such an offer is put on the table. The youngster is a quality player with incredible potential but that is just silly money for someone who is still relatively unproven.
Of course, there’s only so much truth in these sort of suggestions. The Mirror claimed just yesterday that Rodgers has has been inviting Sterling to his house for talks over the player’s new contract, which remains unsigned after months of negotiations.
What could work in our favour – in terms of getting the best possible deal – is that City are desperate to sign English talent this summer in order to bring themselves level with Premier League regulations.
With James Milner out of contract at the end of the season, his potential departure will leave the club dangerously short of home-grown players. Sterling is unsurprisingly high on their list of candidates in that category but it remains to see just how much cash they’re willing to part with in order to get the deal done.
Regardless of what Rodgers and our owners say to the contrary, every player has his price.