Liverpool canceled a meeting with Raheem Sterling on Friday after his agent was critical of the Premier League team in its attempted contract negotiations with the 20-year-old forward, reports the BBC.
Sterling has two years remaining on his contract with Liverpool and have been in negotiations with the team for the better part of the last six months. Sterling's deal pays him £35,000 ($55,000) per week, but he reportedly turned down an offer that would have paid him £100,000 ($156,000) per week.
Sterling also reportedly told Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers earlier this month that he had plans to leave the club this summer but Liverpool officials said that Sterling is staying put.
ESPN reported that Manchester City are the favorites to land Sterling should he leave Liverpool. According to the report, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United are monitoring what happens with Sterling in case they have an opportunity to sign him.
Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, made it clear that his client won't sign with Liverpool, saying that he didn’t care about the team’s public relations.
“He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing,” Ward said, according to the Evening Standard. “My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter.”
Sterling debuted at age 17 with Liverpool in March 2012, making his first appearance with England's national team in November of that year.
He has scored 23 goals in 129 appearances for Liverpool and has 13 goals and nine assists in 55 games across all competitions this season.
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