But this hasn’t deterred the Etihad Stadium club, who will return with a new bid in the coming days.
The reputable Sam Wallace of The Independent writes: “[Sterling] is likely to be the subject of a new bid over the next few days from City of between £30m and £35m which will test Liverpool’s stated resolve to keep the player.”
This is reinforced by reports from the Mirror, who suggest: “City will make an improved, ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer for Sterling in the next 48 hours.”
City are said to be offering a five-year, £190,000-a-week contract to the European Golden Boy, which is likely appease his representative; Sterling’s desire to leave seemingly stemmed from Liverpool‘s reluctance to offer a 20-year-old £150,000 a week.
Sterling joins Paul Pogba, Kevin de Bruyne and Giannelli Imbula in an ambitious list of targets for City.
Interestingly, however, Sterling—or his representative—is said to be demanding that a deal is put in place early this summer.
Wallace continues: “Sterling wants his move…settled in time for the new Premier League season that starts on 8 August, with the player unwilling to be the subject of a last-minute deal before the deadline on 1 September.
“Sterling is unwilling to be part of a late deal that would destabilise his preparation for the season.
“He wants to leave Liverpool but he also wants to make sure he has a solid pre-season in order that he has a good basis for the European championships in France this time next year.”
Perhaps someone could tell Sterling that an official transfer request would make this painful move a lot quicker.
Although, as this would mean the forward relinquishes any remaining signing-on fees to be paid by Liverpool, it is unlikely that the mercenary in him—spurred by Aidy Ward—would agree.
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