Both Manchester clubs are linked with a move for Liverpool’s wantaway forward Raheem Sterling.
First off, The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson claims Sterling “is open to a move to Manchester United, although the player is concerned how the transfer would be received given the fierce rivalry between the clubs.”
No player has transferred directly between Liverpool and United since 1964. Gabriel Heinze went close in 2007 but the move was blocked.
Jackson claims Louis Van Gaal is an admirer of Sterling and his versatility across the attacking positions.
In response, The Liverpool Echo published an article explaining that Liverpool won’t sell Sterling to their rivals under any circumstances.
Earlier this week United were reported to be readying a £25 million bid, despite their initial enquiry being firmly rebuffed last month.
You have to ask if the report from The Guardian is being pushed by Sterling’s agent, further alienating the player from Liverpool’s support by suggesting the player would welcome a move to Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News report Man City‘s interest in Sterling.
“The Merseysiders are telling anyone who cares to ask that Sterling is not for sale and that they will not be held to ransom,” they report.
“City are keen on taking the 20-year-old England starlet but will not pay over the odds for a player whose price will tumble next season as the end of his Liverpool contract approaches.”
Sterling is currently training with England ahead of their bizarre friendly against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.