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Etihad Stadium side keen on Anfield teenager.
Man City are reportedly keeping a close eye on Liverpool’s contract negotiations with teenager Raheem Sterling with a view to making a move for the youngster if he doesn’t receive the deal he believes he is worthy of.
Roberto Mancini is a big admirer of the young winger and has discussed his interest with newly appointed Director of Football Txiki Begiristain as the Premier League title holders ready an offer for the 17 year old Jamaican born England Under 21 international attacker.
Sterling has just under 18 month to run on his current contract and is said to be demanding a huge pay-rise to reflect the fact that he has gone from the youth and reserve team set-up to a key first team regular within a relatively short space of time.
Brendan Rodgers was sufficiently impressed with the former QPR youth team player during pre-season to offer him a first team role and Sterling has not looked back, putting in consistent mature displays out on the flank. Thus far this season the starlet has started nine of the club’s ten Premier League fixtures.
Some sources suggest that Sterling is demanding as much as £50k a week whilst Liverpool are said to be ready to offer £20k a week.
Liverpool will not want any contract wrangling to run on until January, being well aware of the interest the player’s performances have attracted but will also not be keen on being held to ransom on the issue, knowing that a salary increase of this magnitude may breed resentment among the club’s squad.
Man City have adopted a more restrained transfer policy and over the summer looked to bring in youngsters like Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell as Mancini looks to plan for the future and the Italian now hopes to lure Sterling to the Etihad Stadium with the promise of Champions League football, a huge pay rise and the prospect of challenging for major honours.
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