Liverpool are reportedly preparing to sell Raheem Sterling to fund moves for Christian Benteke, James Milner and Memphis Depay.
Sterling’s future has been the subject of much speculation with the 21-year-old yet to commit to a new contract at Anfield.
And according to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool are considering accepting a £50million offer from Manchester City for the England winger to fund other business.
Sterling’s departure would enable Brendan Rodgers to meet Aston Villa’s £30m asking price for Christian Benteke.
It is claimed that it would also provide enough money for Liverpool to tie up a deal for PSV star Memphis Depay – a direct replacement for Sterling – ahead of Manchester United.
Liverpool would also then snap up Milner – wanted by Arsenal – on a free transfer from City, able to offer the versatile midfielder the wages that they weren’t willing to hand to Sterling.
Speaking about Benteke’s future yesterday, Villa boss Tim Sherwood said: “If a player doesn’t want to play for the club anymore and the club he wants to go to meets the valuation, it’s best to let them go.
“It will be just a market value – what’s out there.
“I don’t want to talk about selling Christian when I’ve got no intention of doing that. So it would have to be a lot of money for someone to get him off us.
“We are looking for players ourselves, so we know how much other clubs are looking at [as fees] for their players.
“He’ll be too expensive for a great deal of people in the Premier League. We want to keep our best players – and he’s certainly one of those.”


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