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Liverpool Confirm They Have Rejected Manchester City Bid for Raheem Sterling

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Manchester City have made a £25M plus add-ons bid for wantaway Liverpool star Raheem Sterling. The club have rejected it out of hand and are determined not to be forced into a sale.

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With Real Madrid and Bayern Munich suggesting they have no interest in Raheem while Arsenal and Chelsea remain quiet, in the early going the only serious interest for Liverpool’s wantaway 20-year-old star has come from the direction of the Manchester clubs. United made an inquiry that seemed as likely as anything meant to ruffle feathers and that Liverpool dismissed out of hand. Now, City have taken it a step further.

Liverpool have today confirmed that the Citizens have made a formal bid of £25M, rising to £30M with add-ons, for Sterling. And that it has been dismissed, with the club once again setting out that they will not even begin to entertain the notion of a Sterling sale for less than £50M guaranteed—and even then they might not sell, though they would at least consider it. At half that valuation, City have a long way to go before their bid would be taken seriously.

Multiple journalists with ties to the club have been briefed on the bid and on Liverpool rejecting it, though the club expect City may try again. Liverpool, though, feel confident in holding on to Sterling on his current, relatively low wages for the next two seasons, protected as they are by the promise of training compensation set to the player’s market value should he remain determined to run down his contract and leave for a league rival in the summer of 2017.

While the assumption in such situations is typically that a club has no option but to sell a player who wants out, after holding on to Luis Suarez in the face of pressure from the player and bids from league rivals two summers ago, the club is determined that they will not be forced into the sale of Sterling. However, despite recent animosity, the hope remains that the player will eventually decide to remain at Anfield for the long term and sign a new contract.