Manchester City won’t buy Raheem Sterling from Liverpool for a discount price.
Liverpool rejected Manchester City’s £30 million ($46.5 million) transfer bid for Sterling on Thursday, according to the BBC and Sky Sports. Liverpool reportedly won’t consider selling Sterling for less than £50 million ($75 million).
The news is the latest twist in the Sterling saga, which has raged throughout the first half of 2015.
Sterling, 20, is one of Liverpool’s top players, its most valuable asset and one of the most highly rated young players in world soccer. His contract expires after the 2016-17 season, and he has indicated he won’t re-sign with the Reds.
Sterling’s stance sparked a flurry of interest from clubs in England and abroad, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the Reds won’t sell the young attacker this summer. That didn’t stop Manchester United from registering its interest in Sterling with Liverpool last week or Manchester City from making a formal bid Thursday.
Manchester City couldn’t convince Liverpool to sell Sterling at a lower-than-expected price. Manchester City could return with an increased offer, as could one of the many other clubs that are interested in Sterling.
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