Man City have bid rejected for Sterling
BBC Sport has learned that Liverpool have rejected an official proposal from Manchester City for star forward Raheem Sterling.
It is no secret that the England hotshot hopes to leave the Reds this summer, but the club chiefs have no intention to sell just yet.
Manchester City tested Liverpool’s resolve with a £25 million bid for the player’s services, but it is believed the Anfield outfit are holding out for £50 million.
Sterling has another two years left on his current contract, while he recently turned down a £100,000 per week deal.
With Frank Lampard and James Milner leaving, Manchester City are desperate to sign English players, having UEFA’s home-grown quota in mind.
The Citizens are expected to return with an improved offer for Sterling, and it remains to be seen whether the two clubs can reach an agreement over the transfer fee.
Man Utd submit offer for Firmino
Premier League giants Manchester United are hot on the trail of Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, according to ESPN Brasil.
The Red Devils have stayed without Radamel Falcao and in turn recruited Memphis Depay, but with Robin van Persie also expected to leave, they plan to hire another quality attacker.
ESPN Brasil understands that Manchester United have submitted an €18 million proposal for Hoffenheim hotshot Roberto Firmino.
The Brazilian has developed into one of Bundesliga’s star performers and he has made it clear he hopes to leave for greener pastures this summer.
Firmino, 23, has managed 48 goals and 36 assists in 152 competitive appearances for Hoffenheim, having joined from Figueirense.
He has also impressed since earning his Brazil debut, scoring three goals in six outings for the Seleccao, who are priced at 7/2 to lift the Copa America trophy.
Benfica agree deal for Carcela
Portuguese daily newspaper A Bola is reporting that Benfica are set to complete the signing of Mehdi Carcela from Standard Liege.
The Eagles have had an offer in the region of €3.5 million accepted by the Belgian club, with the midfielder arriving in Lisbon on Thursday for a medical.
Carcela, 25, admits he is delighted to be joining such a big club.
“I am very happy, I know Benfica very well and have heard of Rui Vitoria (new Benfica coach),” the Moroccan told reporters at the Lisbon airport.
“This is the biggest challenge of my career.”
The Eagles have been very active during the close season, having reportedly also secured signatures of Adel Taarabt and Andrija Zivkovic.
Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez arrives after a second spell with Standard Liege, having previously spent two years with Anzhi Makhachkala.