Liverpool must go all out to re-sign Raheem Sterling this summer after he snubbed a new Manchester City contract.
Sky Sports News claim on their website that City have “failed” to agree a new long-term deal with the England forward despite two meetings with his representatives since the end of their campaign on 6 May.
Intriguingly, the broadcaster claim the two parties are “poles apart on the player’s wages” as Sterling seeks a hike on his £175,000-a-week contract that is close to Kevin De Bruyne’s recently-agreed £350,000-a-week package.
Raheem Sterling and Manchester City have failed to reach agreement over a new long-term deal, @SkySportsNews understands.
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) June 12, 2018
The door is ajar for Liverpool to make a sensational transfer move.
The Merseyside giants are in the market for an attacker who can provide serious cutting edge and Sterling fits the bill perfectly.
Forget about his controversial £45million exit from Anfield in the summer of 2015. Or, any of the tabloid nonsense that surrounds one of the two world-class players in England’s World Cup squad.
Sterling is a brilliant player who scares the living daylights out of defenders and he is still only 23.
Versatile enough to operate as an orthodox wide man, a central spearhead or in the playmaker role Liverpool are clearly looking to fill this summer with a genuine A-lister, Sterling is a more rounded player than the one who arrived at City three years ago.
He has just had the best season of his career, scoring 23 goals and supplying 17 assists from 46 matches in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side.
That compares very well with Nabil Fekir’s 23 goals and eight assists for Lyon in what is a weaker league that the English top flight.
Sterling is a better player than the France international and could fuse explosively with brilliant front three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Liverpool would have to pay more than what they sold Sterling for, but further hope lies in the face he has just two years remaining on his original five-year agreement.
It would be the signing of the summer.