EXCLUSIVE: Manuel Pellegrini’s side are keen to finally strike a deal for the England forward and there is a belief that their new proposal could be accepted in the coming days Manchester City are prepared to make a final take-it-or-leave-it
offer of £45 million
(€63m) for Liverpool’s wantaway forward
City have so far seen initial package offers of
£30m (€42m) and £35m (€49m) dismissed,
but believe an offer comprising a larger up-
front payment of £40m (€56m) plus add-ons
amounting to around £5m (€7m) could get
the deal done.
Sterling, for his part, has made it clear to the
Liverpool hierarchy that he wants to leave –
though he has yet to go as far as submitting
an official transfer request.
The 20-year-old could yet do so in a bid to
force Liverpool’s hand, with the player
thought to be increasingly desperate to
resolve his exit from the Anfield club.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would
be happy to sanction a sale at £45m (€63m),
with his eye cast firmly on bringing
Nathaniel Clyne and Christian Benteke in.
The manager – whose power base at the
club has been reduced as part of a
management reshuffle following last
season’s sixth-place finish – is concerned
that the Sterling saga could scupper his bid
to bring the Southampton right-back and
Aston Villa forward to Anfield if the situation
continues unresolved through the summer.
With James Milner and Danny Ings already
signed up and Joe Gomez coming in from
Charlton, Rodgers hopes the signings of
Clyne and Benteke will really see his squad
start to take shape ahead of the new
City are aware of this, but refuse themselves
to be hamstrung in their efforts to overhaul
their squad by getting caught up in a
summer-long bidding war.
There is a belief that their new proposal
could see a deal for Sterling completed in
the next few days.
England international Sterling fits the bill
perfectly for City, not least as he will boost a
homegrown quota at the Etihad weakened
by the departures of James Milner and
The club also see him as the perfect foil for
star forward Sergio Aguero as part of a new
frontline that they hope will also include
Kevin De Bruyne – described exclusively to
Goal this week as a “phenomenal talent” by
City captain Vincent Kompany .
Paul Pogba also tops City’s wish list this
summer, with Jack Wilshere – as revealed by
Goal in March – also a target. Aston Villa
midfielder Fabian Delph is being monitored
as a back-up option, while Tottenham left-
back Danny Rose continues to interest the