Liverpool have rejected a £30m bid from Premier League runners-up Manchester City for unsettled winger Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
The Times in London are reporting that City made a bid of a guaranteed £25m, plus £5m in potential future payments, for the winger earlier this week but it was turned down.
Liverpool have placed a valuation of £50m on the Jamaican-born player and will not sell him for any less despite the fact that he has two years left to run on his current contract.
Losing Sterling would represent another blow to the Reds, who sold Luis Suarez last summer and will be without talisman Steven Gerrard next season.
Liverpool finished eight points adrift of the top four and it is believed Sterling is eager to join a club in the Champions League, with Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all linked with the 20-year-old.
Sterling was jeered by some fans during England's goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, less then a month after he was booed by Liverpool fans as he collected the club's Young Player of the Year award.
Off the Ball
Twitter on match day is like closing time, post-slow set, at a country night club. People mewling about looking for love or a fight or a laugh, and if you're lucky occasional moments of insight. About 20 minutes into the England game last weekend, twitter reduced me to tears of laughter.