Liverpool have put a £60-million price tag on Raheem Sterling after the 20-year-old told chief executive Ian Ayre that he wants to leave the club, reports the Daily Mail.
The Anfield hierarchy cancelled talks with the winger on Thursday after his agent Aidy Ward publicly claimed that his client was already intent on leaving the club during a remarkable tirade aimed at the Merseyside outfit.
In a phone call from Sterling’s representative to club chiefs after this week’s revelations, the youngster became involved and personally told Ayre that he was keen to leave the club.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal are all believed to be planning to take advantage of this situation, but the Reds will want to get adequate compensation for the loss of one of their biggest stars.
In public they have reaffirmed their aim to make the England international see out the two years left on his contract. However, the Mail believes that a bid of £60 million would be accepted by Liverpool.
The Citizens are favourites to get the forward as they are in desperate need of signings to satisfy home-grown quotas. Not only would Sterling help the club in this aspect, but he could also improve their first team squad, which was not able to keep pace with Chelsea in the Premier League title race this season.