Raheem Sterling's contract saga has taken another twist today as the winger looks to have taken yet another step towards an Anfield departure, according to reports.
It is becoming increasingly evident that Liverpool will do almost anything to prevent the loss of their star man, and the club were seemingly prepared to break the bank and offer Sterling one of the most lucrative contracts in Liverpool's history to stay with the red half of Merseyside.
However, they appear to have suffered yet another setback in their battle to keep hold of the England international; and the Daily Mail have this morning reported that Sterling has left Liverpool officials astounded by hinting that he is prepared to turn down a staggering offer of £180,000 per week in order to leave the club.
90min reported this morning that talks between the youngster and Liverpool representatives had stalled, and it now appears that even a substantial financial offer will not be enough to persuade Sterling to sign a new deal with the club.
Sterling, who has turned down a number of offers from Liverpool, believes his best position is in the three forward positions and is becoming increasingly concerned about his offered role at wing-back.
Sterling has now turned down several offers from Liverpool, but produced another electric display to provide a goal and an assist in England's comfortable 4-0 win over Lithuania on Friday; thus supplying
Unsurprisingly, the news has't gone down too well with the Liverpool faithful, and many fans have taken to social media to slam what they see as Sterling's greed, as well as a lack of commitment to the club that in their eyes has made the player what he is through the opportunities it has offered to him.
Bored of the Sterling saga. Don't care if it's greed or ambition, any player who doesn't want to represent #lfc 100% then we should get shut— Anfield Europe (@AnfieldEurope) March 30, 2015
Sterling and his advisor can both fuck off and leave #LFC. Attitude sucks. Go rot in the reserves you Numpty— KB2X (@KB2X) March 30, 2015
In fact many fans already believe Jordan Ibe to be a more than capable replacement for Sterling, who's potential price tag appears far more valuable to some supporters than the player's potential loyalty.
With both parties apparently prepared to show their full hand, it will be interesting to see how the situation develops further.
Getting fairly fed up over Sterling's contract situation, sell him for 60-70 million if he won't sign it, Jordan Ibe will do a job for us!!— Dermot Maher (@dermotjr93) March 30, 2015
Raheem sterling reckons he's worth more than 180k a week! Jordan Ibe is a worthy replacement! Ibe's way better! #LFC— Alexander Bush (@AlexBush94) March 30, 2015
I'd have Jordan Ibe in my team any-day over sterling— Joshua Thomas (@JT8_99) March 30, 2015