Manchester United join the race to sign Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling
Louis van Gaal wants Kop ace
Manchester United are reportedly the latest club to enter the bidding war around Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling.
The England international sparked controversy when he recorded a television interview last week confirming that he had postponed contract talks until the end of the season afte rejecting the offer of a £100,000-a-week deal.
Sterling, 20, has been linked with a host of top Premier League and European clubs, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City all said to be monitoring his situation.
Now The Sun has claimed that United want to make a move for him, despite the antipathy between the two clubs.
No player has moved from Liverpool to United in over 80 years and only one has moved in the opposite direction in the last five decades - Phil Chisnall, in 1964.
Liverpool are determined to keep Sterling at least until the end of next season although an offer of around £50 million would force their hand. United are one of the few clubs who could realistically afford that fee plus the contract Sterling is believed to be demanding - around £180,000-a-week.
Arsenal ruled themselves out of a summer move for Sterling on Friday.
Meanwhile, United manager Louis van Gaal insists Champions League qualification is not integral to David de Gea's decision over whether to sign a new contract.
De Gea is believed to be a target for Real Madrid this summer after a superb season at Old Trafford, but Van Gaal said: “I don’t think you have to ask that question to me. You have to ask David De Gea.
“We have a number of very good players. All the national coaches are confirming that because they are asking the players of ours. I don’t think that’s the problem.”