By Chris Wright
Looks like Liverpool are facing a last-minute split decision on Raheem Sterling after Man City reportedly lodged a late £45million bid for the troublesome little urchin this morning.
After ducking out of training with a conveniently timed bout of illness midweek, yesterday Sterling still found himself named in Liverpool’s pre-season squad that is due to fly out to Bangkok later today.
Having already seen bids of £30million and £40million rejected over the past month or so, City have apparently thrown another £5million into the pot in an attempt to convince Liverpool into leaving Sterling at home so they can continue wooing him Etihad-wards.
As far as the journalists of the land are concerned, it looks like the ingenious ploy may have worked with City now “entering formal negotiations” for Sterling for the first time…
In light of City's improved bid, am told it is now 'highly unlikely' Sterling will go on Liverpool tour today.
— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) July 12, 2015
Raheem Sterling will not travel to the Far East with Liverpool after Manchester City entered into formal negotiations to sign the winger.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) July 12, 2015
The (increasingly expensive and tedious) saga rolls on.
With every passing day it seems that the outcome is becoming increasingly inevitable. It’s just utterly frustrating how much rigmarole we’re going to have to sit through before we actually see Sterling holding his new City shirt aloft.
Would it kill them to just chuck £50million at Liverpool and have done with it?