According to reports in the English media, Manchester City are set to lodge an improved £40m bid for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.
Yesterday the Times claimed that Manchester City have offered £25m for the Liverpool attacker, but the Merseyside club were quick to dismiss their approach and are believed to be holding out for £50m.
Mirror suggest that the Premier League runners up are planning to come back with an improved offer and will make Sterling one of the best paid players at the club.
City are hoping to conclude the deal swiftly and will offer the England international a salary of £180,000 a week.
Earlier in the season, Liverpool offered an improved contract to Sterling in the region of £100,000, but the player confirmed that he will not sign an extension regardless of how much money has been offered.
Further, tension between the club and the player increased after an interview with the BBC where Sterling claimed to be flattered with Arsenal links.
The player’s agent also took to the press to express his feelings towards the club and stated that the fans and the club were bullying his client into signing a new deal.
Liverpool have maintained that Sterling is not for sale and will be forced to see out his contract. But with just two years remaining on his current deal, an offer of £40m might be too good to turn down.
General consensus around the club is that they will accept an offer close to £50m, but it is assumed that both parties could reach a compromise.
Sterling has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich.