According to Sky Sports, Manchester City have bid £40million for Liverpool’s want away winger Raheem Sterling.
The Citizens have already rejected a bid of £25million plus add-ons for the England international, but have now returned with an improved bid.
Liverpool will now have a dilemma on their hands, as to whether to sell the winger or not this summer. They are reported to be holding out for of £50million, but this offer could prove a tempting one.
Sterling’s contractual saga has been well documented. The youngster has two years left on his deal with the Reds and has refused to enter into discussions over a contract extension. The England international has denied that the issue is about money.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he believes the youngster will stay at Anfield for the next two years of his deal. The Reds could be missing out on a massive amount of money for a player who is only potential at the moment, that’s if they choose to let him run down his contract.
Liverpool have signed three players on free transfers so far this summer, Danny Ings, James Milner and Adam Bogdan, which points to a more budget conscience approach to transfer activity at Anfield this summer. An extra £40million in the transfer coffers would surely be something they should consider.
City are desperate to add quality to their squad after their underwhelming campaign last season. City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak recently revealed that the club are planning to invest majorly in their squad this summer.
He also stated they would be adding high-quality individuals to the squad this summer in an attempt to once again challenge for the Premier League title next season.
The Citizens have been linked with big money moves for Juventus and France midfield star Paul Pogba and Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. However, this summer’s new arrivals may just come from closer to home.
A surprise summer transfer target has emerged for City in Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph. According to the Daily Mail, City could be set to launch a bid for the England international, if they cannot secure the signature of Paul Pogba.
The Citizens have already informal contact with Villa about the midfielder, whose form has dramatically improved in the past few seasons for the Villans. He was one of the few players who managed to put in decent displays for Villa under Paul Lambert.
His good form has earned the 25-year-old a regular role in the England midfield under Roy Hodgson. Delph’s contract was due to expire this summer, but somewhat surprisingly he signed a new four-year deal in February.
City would not worry about the fact that Delph is under contract with the Midlands club, as they would be prepared to pay a big fee to secure the midfielders services.
Manchester City have a big problem at the moment, as they do not have enough home-grown players in their squad. Like a lot of English top-flight clubs the majority of their squad are foreign players.
The Citizens have lost home-grown trio Micah Richards, James Milner and Frank Lampard, so they must now sign more home-grown replacements.
With City in the Champions League next season they need to add English players, as well as quality players to their squad for next season. Failure to do so could lead to the City Champions League squad being relatively weak, as young players would have to be registered to make up the numbers.
City pursuing a deal for Raheem Sterling is very understandable, as they need to add energy, youth and excitement to their squad. His potential and the fact that he is home-grown will also be a factor in City’s bid for the youngster.
However, the bid for Delph seems like a strange one. He is a decent player, but the midfielder is unlikely to be a regular first team starter at the Etihad Stadium next season. A number of English players have joined City and failed to play regular first team football.
The likes of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell both joined City with high hopes, failed to feature much and then moved on in search of first team football.
No matter who Manchester City signs this summer they will be major contenders for the Premier League title next season, with the men from Manchester currently odds of 11/4 to regain the title next season. The Citizens will strengthen their squad and it seems a number of the new arrivals may just be English.
Let’s hope for their sake that they fare better than Sinclair and Rodwell, because City are in need of a few English success stories.
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