Citizens will spend £50million on Englishman
Manchester City WILL meet Liverpool’s asking price for Raheem Sterling this summer, according to reports this morning.
The Citizens have already had two formal bids rejected from the Merseyside outfit, one worth around £25m, and the other around £40m.
However, with their desire and needs to sign English talent over the summer, it’s believed the club won’t end their pursuit over just £10m and it’s looking likely that they will in fact go up to £50m for the 20-year-old.
City’s Hunt for Homegrown
After losing several English players in recent time, City desperately need to sign homegrown players, or they will face punishment from the Premier League, especially with the new strict regulations.
City just about had enough English players in their squad last year, but since then, James Milner, Frank Lampard and Richard Wright have all left, as has Micah Richards, who was out on loan anyway.
Manuel Pellegrini‘s side have been linked with Sterling and also Jack Wilshere from Arsenal as potential English signings, but the former continues to be their number-one target.
According to reports, City will launch a fresh bid, worth £50m, in the next few days, which is expected to be accepted by Liverpool as it meets their asking price for the want-away winger.
It’s been a tough season on and off the field for Liverpool, but the Sterling saga continues and seemingly won’t go away.
It all started when the winger revealed in an unplanned interview that he wouldn’t be signing a new deal until the end of the season. But after missing out on Champions League football for next season and not winning a trophy, the winger informed the club he wouldn’t be signing a new deal.
Sterling still has two years left on his current deal so Liverpool don’t have to sell this summer, but they risk his price-tag diminishing if they don’t sell him now.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt