The Daily Mirror claim Anfield starlet Raheem Sterling could make an unthinkable move to Manchester United.
Manchester United are considering an astonishing swoop to steal Liverpool contract rebel Raheem Sterling from their greatest rivals, writes the Sunday People.
People Sport understands Sir Alex Ferguson is monitoring Sterling, 18 next Saturday, who could be a long-term replacement for unsettled Nani.
Direct transfer activity between the two clubs has been non-existent for decades but Sterling has so far stalled on agreeing his first major contract, alerting United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea.
It is United’s interest which could appeal to the England winger and his advisors. Ferguson has a good record of developing youngsters into world stars and is building a team around England players such as Tom Cleverley, Danny Welbeck, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.
Adding Sterling to that group has massive appeal for Ferguson although he knows negotiating with Liverpool would be a major obstacle.
Raheem Sterling has not only been a fixture in the Liverpool team this season, but he has also been one of the Reds’ better players this season – with perhaps only Luis Suarez outshining him on the attacking front.
Not bad for a 17 year-old.
However, Sterling’s development would surely be aided most by stability in his playing career, and having only really started playing first team football this season, surely a transfer move would be somewhat premature.
Of course, it is easy to see why other clubs would covet Sterling, as he is certainly quite a talent.
Despite his tender age, he has already played for the full England national side, though he is still eligible for Jamaica.
Sterling may well have to play up front in Liverpool’s next game, as Luis Suarez is suspended having picked up five yellow cards.
The teenager (who turns 18 on December 8th) has a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders as almost certainly the youngest player to lead a line amongst Europe’s biggest clubs, but will have to be wary he doesn’t get ideas above his station.
Moves between Manchester United and Liverpool are almost unheard of, with Sir Alex Ferguson notoriously refusing to let Gabriel Heinze move to Anfield in 2007 – instead selling him to Real Madrid for less than his apparent worth.
Liverpool fans will hope that Brendan Rodgers takes the same stance with Sterling, though the club will be loathe to lose their promising winger to any club.
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