Liverpool and Manchester City are currently locked in talks regarding the possible transfer of Raheem Sterling. The discussions come at the end of a rollercoaster week during which Sterling has twice called in sick to miss training.

According to Sky Sports, City have made formal contact and the talks are ongoing, while many fans, pundits and other predict Sterling's Anfield exit could be wrapped up sooner rather than later.

City have already had two offers rejected but it seems their third attempt is at least tempting enough to get the Reds to start talking.

Liverpool's stance on selling the troublesome 20-year-old appears to have significantly softened in light of events since the end of last season.

Where the club previously insisted Sterling would not be sold under any circumstances, there is now an understanding they will do business if a buyer, in this case City, comes close to matching their £50m valuation.

Earlier this week, reports suggested that the relationship between Sterling and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was at breaking point. Having previously declared that not even an implausible offer of £900,000-per-week would be enough to keep Sterling at the club, the winger's agent Aidy Ward has further stuck his oar in.

He recently told the Daily Mail, "With Raheem, there has been a breakdown in trust between him and Brendan Rodgers."

Sources at Sky Sports additionally claimed that Rodgers' presence is now the main source of contention for Sterling after months of unrest. The player has personally held talks with his manager at Melwood this week, during which he is said to have made it clear he no longer wishes to play for Rodgers.

Sterling also firmly believes it is in everyone's best interests if he does not travel with the rest of the Liverpool squad on the pre-season tour of Australia and Asia, due to begin early next week.