The Manchester side made a formal opening bid of A?30million for the 20 year-old last night, which was swiftly rejected by the Merseysiders who have been adamant on their stance on the player – a sum in the region of A?50million will get them interested in selling to a rival club.
Manchester City have not been deterred by Liverpool’s rejection as they were believed to just be “testing the waters” with their opening bid.
English media outlet Metro now report that City are prepared to place their second offer for the player. They write: Manchester City are determined to win the race for Raheem Sterling and will make a second A?40million offer in the next 48 hours. The Blues were testing the waters and will return with an improved bid for the wantaway England star, which will be worth nearly A?40million with add-ons.They want Sterling done as quickly as possible and are keen to strike before their rivals can muster a competitive bid. In a statement of intent, they are prepared to give Sterling a whopping contract worth over A?180,000-a-week.
Even though it has been suggested that the youngster was looking for a move to London and would prefer one to Arsenal or Chelsea – both of the clubs have been linked with the player – a move to Manchester City will also tempt the player as he feels that he has a better chance at winning trophies at Manuel Pellegrini’s side. City are believed to be confident that they will sign the England international. It will be interesting to see at what price Liverpool are going to sell the player who does have two years left on his contract.
Arsenal were considering including Theo Walcott as a makeweight in a deal for Sterling, but the winger is expected to sign a new deal at the Emirates and it is unlikely Wenger follows up his interest in Sterling with a formalized bid.
City need fresh blood next season as they look to compete with Chelsea for the title and do better in the Champions League, at least wanting to reach quarter-finals and beyond and feel that Raheem Sterling can be an instrumental part in their bid to do so. City also need more Englishmen within their ranks to fulfil the homegrown quota and have already lost James Milner to Liverpool. Sterling’s signature therefore carries a twofold advantage.