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Raheem Sterling to Man Utd? Surely not

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Sterling at Man Utd next season?
Sterling at Man Utd next season?

It sounds like one of those transfer stories that is too far fetched to be true, but widespread reports suggest Manchester United have made a move to sign Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

Even though no player has been transferred directly between the two clubs since the transfer of Phil Chisnall from United to Liverpool in 1964, several newspaper reports have suggested that Louis van Gaal's side have expressed their interest in signing Sterling this summer.

The 20-year-old Liverpool winger is expected to ask to leave Anfield this summer after he turned down a new £100,000-a-week contract offer, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal all being linked with a move for the England star.

Sterling was booed by some Liverpool fans as he collected the club's Young Player of the Year award on Tuesday night, with the winger's position at the club set to be resolved in the coming days when his advisers meet Anfield officials.

The notion that he could end up at United may seem fanciful, with these kind of stories often emerging during a contract wrangle between a high profile player and his club. Might this transfer rumours be a leak from Sterling's camp to stir the pot a little more? Who knows.

If Liverpool do decide to cash in on Sterling this summer, it seems highly unlikely that they would sell one of their best players to local foes United.

Yet in a summer when the Premier League giants are expected to spend more money than ever before in the bid to bridge the gap on new champions Chelsea, maybe anything is possible.

This is what Liverpool great Jamie Carragher had to say about Sterling's contract wrangle earlier this week: