Ever since Raheem Sterling declined to sign a new contract, there has been talk that he will force his way from Liverpool this summer. The ongoing transfer saga took another turn yesterday as Manchester City reportedly lodged a £30 million bid for the 20-year-old attacker, which Liverpool rejected.
City are now prepared to increase their initial offer for Sterling, according to the Independent. Their report states that City will move closer to Liverpool's £50 million asking price, but it does not indicate how high they are willing to bid.
However, there isn't complete agreement from the rest of England's news outlets that a second bid is actually forthcoming. Further, it would be surprising for City to return with an improved bid so quickly given the amount of time left in the transfer window. But even so, it's reasonable to expect that City will return to negotiations before the end of summer.
Liverpool will be hopeful that rival teams leave them alone already regarding Sterling, but given the unlikeliness of that happening, a long summer of increased bids and agent talk awaits. To survive this window with Sterling still on board would be a solid feat, and perhaps a strong team performance next season could convince him to sign a long term contract for Liverpool after all.
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