Manchester City are said to be lining up a stunning £50m bid to sign Raheem Sterling this summer, according to CaughtOffside, but are they targeting the right Liverpool player?
While there’s no doubt the 20-year-old is a top talent who can light up the Premier League for years to come, at his age there is still plenty of time for his career to go in the other direction; a year of fine performances does not make you worth £50m.
Meanwhile, there looks a far more polished attacking midfielder on the books at Anfield who could be just what City need right now – he tore Manuel Pellegrini’s side apart just a few weeks ago, his name is Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian playmaker is currently on a far higher level than City’s David Silva, who is clearly past his best. Coutinho could even do a good job replacing what Yaya Toure brought to the City team last season.
Sterling has quality, pace and an eye for goal, but he is not the finished article. Besides that, £50m is a price City cannot afford to be paying due to Financial Fair Play restrictions – especially when this particular player is stalling on a new contract anyway and could surely leave for cheaper.
It remains to be seen what comes of this rumour, but it looks like an ill-advised piece of spending on City’s part if they go through with it.