Amid his uncertain status in Liverpool, Manchester United has made the next step in acquiring young winger Raheem Sterling, with the Red Devils making an enquiry.
According to reports, United has already made a first enquiryon the player. The move is expected to open the doors to negotiations for the transfer of the embattled Sterling. The Red Devils is said to be one of the most interested in getting the young winger ever since news broke out of Sterling’s contract impasse with Liverpool.
The development comes in after Sterling has reportedly decided to not sign the new contract being offer to him by Liverpool. Reports also claimed that the 20-year old is expected to inform the team of his decision by Friday. However, Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward denied the earlier reports, clarifying that they have not yet made a final decision and that the upcoming meeting with Liverpool chief executive ian Ayre is simply to further discuss his ward’s current position.
If United does indeed go through with transfer talks, analysts said that they will likely have a hard time, as Anfield has repeatedly said that they will not be selling the young player. However, several observers opined that it might be better for the team if they sell the player. Former team director for football Damien Comolli warned that not selling Sterling this summer would mean that he will be able to leave as a free transfer in 2017, when his contract expires. Comolli argued that this is something that the Reds would not want.
Meanwhile, ESPN analyst Gabriele Marcotti looked into the possible options that Liverpool has regarding Sterling. Marcotti gave several scenarios. The first one has the4 team selling the player this summer. Here, Marcotti says that the price the team puts on Sterling will likely play a big factor on whether teams interested on the player would grab the opportunity.
On the other hand, the analyst said that the Reds could simply accede to Sterling’s wage demands. However, Marcotti noted that the team will likely consider Sterling’s actually potential and whether he is worth his asking price before deciding.