By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Manchester City are set to make the first Raheem Sterling move by bidding for the Liverpool winger this week, Football Insider sources understand.
City are preparing to table a formal offer for the England international, who has made it clear that he wants to leave Anfield this summer.
However, Liverpool are not willing to sell their prize asset unless they are made an offer they cannot refuse, which is likely to be above the £50million mark.
City have identified Sterling as one of their leading summer targets as they prepare to spend around £220million to overhaul a squad that ended last season without a trophy.
However, it will not be easy for them to wrestle Sterling out of Anfield. The 20-year-old still has two years remaining on a £35,000-a-week deal, with club owners Fenway Sports Group making it clear they are not prepared to sell to a rival this summer.
City are also pursuing the likes of Juventus’ Paul Pogba and Wolfsburg playmaker Kevin de Bruyne.