Man City put in £40m Raheem Sterling bid

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
How can Raheem Sterling be worth £40m?
How can Raheem Sterling be worth £40m?

Manchester City have made a second bid to land Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, with the figure of £40m apparently now being offered for the 20-year-old winger.

Sky Sports are reporting that the lavish sum has been made to tempt Liverpool to part with their England star and the Anfield club must be tempted to part with a player who has made it clear that he wants to leave this summer.

In the opinion of former Liverpool striker and Sunday World columnist John Aldridge, the Anfield club should cash in on Sterling this summer and use the money to reshape their side. 

"Make sure you get the right money for Sterling and don't be bullied into selling him, but let him go and try and use the money wisely," Aldo tells us.

"It has gone too far now with Raheem and his agent talking in the media about wanting to leave Liverpool. Let him go and I would now be surprised to see him on the bench at Man City or wherever he ends up.

"The kid has potential, but he is a long way from being the finished product. He needs to work on his finish and his final ball, but let him go off and make his money and we'll see where his career is in a few years time."

Sterling looks increasingly likely to leave Liverpool this summer and it seems equally improbable that any club will bid more than the cash sum City are offering to secure his services.

It also needs to be asked whether a player who had an indifferent season in the Premier League last season and was jeered during his woeful display for England against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin earlier this month is worthy of such vast investment?

The answer to that question must be no and with that in mind, Liverpool would be crazy to turn down such an offer.

They may have insisted they will not allow Sterling to leave this summer, but the ridiculously inflated the cash now on offer to complete a sale makes that stance increasingly hard to justify.