Manchester City is preparing a £40 million bid for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, while at the same time Liverpool is getting ready to sweet talk the youngster when he meets with Kop bosses on Friday according to the Daily Mirror.
The England international has told manager Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave the club, and now has Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea all ready to make a move for the 20-year-old.
Liverpool’s owners the Fenway Sports Group will in the end have the final say, and they will certainly not be in the mood to be bullied by the youngster and his representatives.
The plan is to send Sterling the message that they see him as being central to the clubs plans of becoming a Premier League force once more in the coming years, but with City ready to offer him £150,000 per-week it may be hard to convince him to stay at Anfield, and with his contract not up for a couple of years the Reds could play tough and say no to any move.
This however could prove counterproductive as no team needs a player in their dressing room who does not want to be there, so I think it is fair to say Sterling will be on his way once the transfer window opens next month.