Manchester City have reportedly made a second bid for wantaway Liverpool attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling.
The 20-year-old, who has two years left to run on his Reds contract, has made it clear that he intends to leave Anfield this summer.
Arsenal and Chelsea are both said to be interested in Sterling, but City are at the front of the queue, having already made a move.
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City’s original offer – £25m plus £5m in add-ons – was rejected by Liverpool.
However, according to the Daily Mail, the Etihad Stadium side have returned with a £40m bid.
City were apparently toying with the idea of offering Edin Dzeko in part-exchange, but Liverpool, who value Sterling at around £50m, want cash only.