Man United are to open the bidding for the wantaway Liverpool attacker with a rather paltry £25 million bid, according to reports in Thursday’s newspapers.
It’s reported that United’s first approach last month – which was immediately rejected by Liverpool – will not deter them from making an official bid.
The Mirror claim “Louis van Gaal refuses to give up on Sterling, and United will further test the Anfield chiefs’ resolve by tabling a bid in the next few days.”
As the Raheem Sterling transfer saga rumbles on, quite why United need Sterling having just signed Memphis Depay, a player of similar attributes and position, is baffling.
The report also states that Sterling would prefer a move back to London.
Liverpool want £40 million to £50 million for the 20-year-old, who is currently missing out on £65,000 per week by not signing a new contract at Anfield.
Thursday's Daily Mirror back page:
Van Gaal to spark Raheem bid war #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/fq3JskkHAk
— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) June 3, 2015
Earlier on Wednesday, former Reds’ boss Rafa Benitez – who was in charge when the Reds signed Sterling from QPR as a 15-year-old – refused to be drawn on reports linking Real Madrid with Sterling.
Benitez was unveiled as the new boss at the Bernabeu, replacing Carlo Ancelotti.
“We admire Raheem, that’s no secret – but he is not one of our players so I can’t really comment on him,” the Spaniard said.