Raheem Sterling is expected to leave Liverpool this summer, after rejecting a £100,000-a-week contract.
Chelsea and Arsenal were the early favourites to sign the London-raised 20-year-old, but Manchester City are now the frontrunners, despite having a £40m bid rejected by Liverpool, who are holding out for £50m.
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With his departure seeming inevitable, Sterling may have hoped to be given an extended break this summer.
However, The Mirror claim that Liverpool have told Sterling that he must join the first-team squad for the preason tour of Australia and Asia.
Could this mean that there is a real chance Liverpool may force Sterling to stay next season?
Or is this just the Reds posturing in a bid to ensure City pay as much as possible?