The Raheem Sterling contract hurdle continues to cause speculation that the 20-year-old may jump ship this summer despite having been offered what the Reds say is a very generous £100,000 per-week to remain at Anfield.
The Daily Mirror has today picked up on an earlier story in the Telegraph that claimed Liverpool were in fact going to buy five forward players this summer Memphis Depay, Danny Ings and Aston Villas Christian Benteke.
Liverpool has struggled in the goals department this season since losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona while other top striker Daniel Sturridge has struggled with injury.
According to the British tabloid the Reds are willing to sell Sterling to Manchester City for £50 million and use £30 million for Belgium international Benteke.
As reported in the tabloid:
Manchester City are planning a serious bid for £50million-rated Liverpool forward Sterling, who is refusing to discuss a new deal to keep him at Anfield.
Selling 20-year-old Sterling would give Reds boss Brendan Rodgers the financial firepower to move for striker Benteke, whose Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood warned on Thursday would cost around £30m.
Sherwood said: “If a player doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meets the valuation, it’s best to let them go… I don’t want to talk about selling Christian when I’ve got no intention of doing that. So it would have to be a lot of money for someone to get him off us.”