Just like two summers ago when Liverpool were involved in a long-drawn transfer saga over the future of Luis Suarez as the Uruguay tried to push through a move to Arsenal, the Kops are again facing another saga; this time with Raheem Sterling.
The England international had earlier in the just concluded season turned down a mammoth £100,000-per-week contract offered to him by his club; and instead went ahead to grant an interview where he welcomed Arsenal’s interest in him.
This summer, two clubs are jostling for the signature of the youngster as Chelsea have now reportedly tabled a bid in the region of £40 million to price the England international away from Liverpool. Earlier, the papers reported that a £35 million was tabled by Manchester City, which was rejected by Liverpool.
According to Italian media outlet Tuttomercatoweb, per the Express, Chelsea are ready to tempt Sterling away from Liverpool, and believe that their bid of £40 million should be enough to test the resolve of Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool on the other hand, have continued to push through signings of their own. The club, this morning confirmed the signing of Firmino from German Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Firmino could well be the much-talked about replacement for departing Sterling, despite uncertainty surrounding his next club, which could either be Chelsea or Manchester City.
£40 million seems a lot of money for a 20-year old, but the fact that he is English makes him an attractive option for a club like City, who by the way want to boost their ranks with some home-grown talents.