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Man City FFP lift paves way for improved Raheem Sterling bid – reports

Following a lift from Financial Fair Play restrictions, Manchester City are set to lodge an improved bid for Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, reports claim.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 4, 2015: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Arsenal during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The disquiet surrounding Raheem Sterling’s Liverpool future from recent weeks could be settled shortly, according to reports, following a lift from Financial Fair Play restrictions for Manchester City.

Now free to spend, City could be set to make an improved bid for £50 million-rated Sterling.

According to Jack De Menezes of the Independent: “Uefa fined City £49 million and restricted their Champions League squad to just 21 players last season after they were seen to have overspent in the transfer market.

“But having met the European governing body’s financial targets, those punishments have now been lifted.

“City have already seen two bids for Liverpool midfielder Sterling rejected – the second of which came to potentially record-breaking £40 million.

“And it’s expected that the club will make a third and final bid close to the £50 million that the Reds are demanding, which would be the most any club has ever paid for an English player.”

This should come to no surprise to Liverpool supporters, with Sterling’s departure seemingly inevitable this summer.

The 20-year-old, with the help of representative Aidy Ward, has made his position on Merseyside untenable courtesy of some ridiculous wage demands and derisory public statements.

While Sterling is an exceptional talent, as evidenced by his current status as European Golden Boy, £50 million is a fair price given his situation.

City need to sign homegrown players, and they won’t find any better than Sterling.

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