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Raheem Sterling to miss pre-season tour, Liverpool “in talks” with Man City

Raheem Sterling will now miss Liverpool’s pre-season tour due to renewed interest from Manchester City, reports claim.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, May 2, 2015: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in action against Queens Park Rangers during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City this summer is edging closer, with the 20-year-old now reported to miss Liverpool’s pre-season tour after talks between the two clubs.

That is according to reports on Sunday.

Andy Kelly of the Liverpool Echo writes: “Sterling will miss Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East as the club have opened talks with Manchester City over a possible transfer.

“The Reds depart from Manchester Airport [on Sunday] but the 20-year-old winger will not be on the plane as his exit from Anfield moves closer.”

Kelly continues: “Liverpool are now in talks with Manchester City who have submitted a third offer for the 20-year-old.

“City’s two previous bids – the last of which was worth around £40 million – were rejected by the Reds who have always insisted they value Sterling at £50 million.”

Brendan Rodgers’ inclusion of Sterling in his 30-man pre-season tour squad pointed to a hard-nosed approach to the former Queens Park Rangers forward’s summer transgressions.

After telling the club he didn’t wish to travel, Sterling missed two days of training with illness.

Now, Liverpool appear to have relented, and Sterling’s move seems imminent.

Reports from the Mirror suggest that City’s next bid is worth £45 million.

Although this still falls short of Liverpool’s valuation, it is a significant fee—one which would make Sterling the 11th most-expensive player in history.

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