Arsenal are lining up a bid for Raheem Sterling after the youngster told Liverpool officials he wants to leave, according to reports.
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Sterling has not yet signed a new deal with the Reds, with speculation growing that the England international will exit Anfield in the summer.
According to Metro, Arsenal are the front-runners to sign Sterling and preparing to offer Liverpool a whopping £50m in exchange for the 20-year-old.
Sterling has struggled to recapture his form from last season this term, and The Sun reports he has met with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers and formally requested a transfer.
Liverpool are believed to have continually tried to convince Sterling to remain at Anfield, but it seems he has his sights set on the exit door.
Outgoing skipper Steven Gerrard did his bit to try and change Sterling’s mind, saying there was “no one better” for him than current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
“For me, I am always going to be biased towards this club,” Gerrard is quoted as saying by Daily Express.
“My advice to Raheem is he needs a manager who is going to play him, to coach him, to believe in him. I think there is no one better for him than Brendan Rodgers.
“The danger for younger players is they want it all too soon and go to another club and just become a number.”
Sterling has been linked to a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea, while it’s believed Real Madrid are keeping a keen eye on the 20-year-old.