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City Increase Sterling Bid To £40m

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In what they claim to be their final offer, Manchester City increase their bid to £40m to secure the services of Raheem Sterling.

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According to both Sky Sports and ESPN, Manchester City have come in with an improved offer of £40m for Raheem Sterling. Reportedly, the deal would be for £35m up front, with an additional £5m in add-ons.

If they are to be believed, City claim that this is their final offer and that they will not be pushed any higher. Still, this latest bid falls well short of the £50m Liverpool claim to be holding out for, so it seems unlikely it will be enough to force the club into selling the want-away player.

Given 20 percent of any domestic deal would have to be sent in QPR's direction, it's  not exactly an offer that seems likely to blow Liverpool away. Heck, that's not even enough for one Christian Benteke (if that's our thing, and please Fowler don't let that be our thing).

So, we have Manchester City and Chelsea who are legitimately interested, and Manchester United who are trolling us, but no one is interested enough to offer us what we want. Stay tuned to see if this is an actual final offer, or just a negotiation tactic.

As it stands, Liverpool would do well to hold out for more of that sweet, sweet oil money which might just magically become available by the end of summer. In the meantime, the club can keep paying Sterling a paltry £35k a week to play right wingback. I don't know how he'll survive.