EXCLUSIVE By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes
Manchester City will make a second bid for Raheem Sterling worth around £35million, Football Insider sources understand.
City are set to continue their concerted effort to prise the winger away from Anfield this summer by returning to the negotiating table, most likely next week.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team made an opening bid of £30m for Sterling, made up of an initial £25m supplemented by £5m of add-ons.
Football Insider revealed on Monday that City would start the bidding this week for the England international, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea. A second formal offer is expected to follow next week.
Sterling has made it clear that he wants to leave Liverpool but the club are not willing to sell their prize asset unless they are made an offer they cannot refuse, which is likely to be above the £50m mark.
City have identified Sterling as one of their leading summer targets as they prepare to spend around £220m 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.