Manchester United have made a sensational enquiry about want away Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling.
In somewhat of shocking news, United have tried taking advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Sterling; who has reportedly made clear of his intentions to leave Anfield despite his current employers reluctant to see the 20-year-old leave. Louis van Gaal is reportedly set to ignore the bitterness between the two clubs and make a move for the highly rated Sterling.
Earlier, the Reds were hopeful of tying down Sterling to a new deal worth £100,000-a-week, with Chairman Tom Werner confirming that all the parties were close to an agreement.
But the former Queens Park Rangers academy youngster is yet to commit his imminent future to the Kop. It was also revealed that the player feels ‘bullied’ into agreeing a new deal, despite wishing to part ways with the Reds.
Sterling, who won Liverpool’s club’s Young Player of the Year award, was not helped in his cause to sign a new contract when some section of supporters booed the 20-year-old.
LET ME LEAVE: Sterling will tell Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave the club
United’s approach for the Jamaica born youngster was immediately rebuffed though, with the Merseyside club making clear that they do not intend to conclude any business with their rivals, or any local rivals. No player has directly moved between the two clubs since 1964, when Phil Chisnall famously swapped the red of Manchester for Liverpool.
Since the news of Sterling wanting to leave Liverpool broke out, many former players have criticized the 20-year-old, with Reds legend Jamie Carragher asking him to ‘shut his mouth and get on with playing football.’
SHUT UP AND PLAY!: Carragher has slammed Sterling over his commitment
Another former Red in John Barnes has lambasted Sterling’s attitude.
“Raheem has great potential, but Liverpool gave him an opportunity and he should stay.”
“Does anyone believe that if he goes to Manchester City he will be the first name on the teamsheet or are they just signing him because they need English players?”
But former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton believes it’s not about money, but ambition.
“I don’t think it’s about money”
“Should we be criticising Sterling for being ambitious and wanting to win trophies?
“Liverpool have spent one season in six in the Champions League and have won one trophy in the last nine years,” Sutton told BBC Radio 5 live.
Pep Guardiola is also reportedly keen to bring Sterling to Germany, and with the Red’s unwillingness to sell Sterling to a local rival, Bayern Munich might be his next club.
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