Multiple reports across England have surfaced Sunday morning claiming that Raheem Sterling has been withdrawn from Liverpool training as talks have reached an advanced stage with Manchester City.
According to the reports, City made an improved bid of $70 million for the 20-year-old winger and therefore Liverpool have pulled him out of training as a deal appears to be on the move.
City has been publicly interested for some time, but bids of $46 million and $62 million were rejected by the Reds over the last month, according to reports.
The Liverpool squad was training Sunday morning before a scheduled flight to Bangkok, Thailand later that afternoon, and Sterling was present, but was withdrawn from the traveling group according to The Telegraph and other reports. Freelanlace Merseyside reporter Richard Buxton speculates a deal could be completed within 24 hours. According to the Daily Mail, Sterling said his goodbyes to his teammates before they boarded the flight to the Asian tour.
Should the sides agree to a transfer fee and complete the deal, Sterling would need to agree to personal terms with Manchester City. He has reportedly turned down a contract offer from Liverpool worth around $8 million a year, but Daily Express and Daily Star journalist Jonny Green reports Manchester City is prepared to double that offer.
It all appears to be quite imminent at this point, and will be “when” not “if” Sterling leaves Liverpool after a rocky summer.