Raheem Sterling has told Brendan Rodgers he wishes to leave Anfield and that he does not want to be considered for Liverpool’s pre-season tour of South East Asia and Australia.
According to reports in Wednesday’s Independent newspaper, Sterling has informed Rodgers of his feelings during two meetings since returning to Melwood for training on Monday morning.
The Independent claim that during the second, he informed the Liverpool manager of his intentions, although the winger has not yet lodged an official transfer request.
Manchester City have not made contact with Liverpool since their second offer but are said to be aware of the development and preparing to make a third bid and final bid for Sterling in the coming days.
City are unwilling to meet Sterling’s £50 million price tag, but will go close to matching Liverpool’s demands in an effort to force a compromise.
It remains to be seen whether Sterling will board the flight to Bangkok for the first leg of Liverpool’s tour on Sunday morning.