Numerous reports claim Raheem Sterling will this week tell Liverpool that he wants to be sold.
BBC’s reputable Ben Smith writes that Sterling will meet Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre on Friday, “when he is set to tell them he wants to be sold.”
The 20-year-old attacker has been the subject of much speculation since turning down a £100,000 per week contract earlier this year, with talks over a new deal put on hold at his representatives request.
“It is believed Ward will reiterate Sterling’s unwillingness to pen a new deal and create a deeper wedge to facilitate his transfer. Liverpool hoped a period of reflection would lead to the 20-year-old committing to the £100,000 a week offer made several months ago, but that now looks out of the question.”
Sterling was reportedly asking for around £150,000 per week, but his form has suffered since a very public and misguided interview last month in which he attempted to claim he wasn’t ‘money grabbing’.
BBC Sport write that Liverpool’s resolve will be tested should clubs bid in the region of £35 million, with Manchester City and Arsenal named as potential suitors. That’s quite a drop from previously reported £50 million figure.
Earlier this month Rodgers insisted that Sterling will not be sold this summer even if a new contract was not agreed.
“Raheem won’t be going anywhere this summer, even if there’s not a deal agreed,” said Rodgers.
“We’ve made that clear from the beginning – and the owners are very much supportive of that – and the club will meet up again with Raheem’s representatives and reinforce it.”
The Sterling saga looks set to dominate proceedings this summer.