LONDON – Liverpool will reject Manchester City’s second bid for Raheem Sterling, according to Sky sources.
City, whose initial Â£25m bid was rejected last week, tabled a second offer of around Â£40m on Wednesday as they stepped up their pursuit of the England international.
Sky sources reported on Tuesday that Chelsea were also interested in signing the 20-year-old but were not prepared to meet Liverpool’s valuation for the forward, which is believed to be closer to Â£50m.
Sterling, who has been involved in protracted discussions over his future at Anfield and saw his form slip towards the end of the season, is refusing to sign a new long-term contract and a number of Europeâ€™s top clubs are monitoring the situation.
Liverpool have maintained publicly that the player is not for sale and manager Brendan Rodgers insisted last month that he expected Sterling to stay for the remainder of his current deal, which still has two years left to run.
But City’s chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said last week that his club are planning to heavily invest in new players this summer and it is believed Sterling tops the list of targets.
Al Mubarak said: “You will see us in the market bringing in high-quality individuals that fit within what we are aspiring to.
“We want a squad which is able and has the capability and quality to win the Premier League, to compete and win the Champions League and be able to go all the way in two cup competitions in England.” – Sky Sports