It seems that the time has come to put your money on Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool this summer.
Raheem Sterling asked Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recently to be left out from the Reds’ travelling squad that will tour in Asia and Australia, as the 20-year-old is pushing for a move away from Anfield Road. On Wednesday the England international failed to report at the Liverpool training complex in Melwood, citing illness as the reason why he stayed home.
- Back Sterling joining City
- Liverpool has great odds to retain him
- The Suarez Trick might not work this time
Though Sterling’s medical status could be confirmed later, it is suspicious that he might just want to stay away from the team after his relationship with the club and the supporters was hurt by his and his agent’s actions in the last months. Though Liverpool were able to retain Luis Suarez two years ago in a similar situation, assembling the current circumstances, it is hard to see that Sterling will remain a Liverpool player for one more year. Thus anyone who bet on sports in the UK and overseas might make some money on Sterling’s possible move to Manchester City.
Sterling to City is obvious
According to the odds of Unibet Sportsbook, the most likely scenario is that Sterling will sign for Manchester City this summer, as the Sky Blues are being the only team that placed serious offers on the table. The latest bid was about GBP 40 million, however Liverpool reportedly ask at least GBP 50 million for the player. It is possible though that Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward agreed with the City representatives on what tactics to follow in order to force a deal.
Anyways, Unibet Sportsbook, considered as one of the best online sportsbooks in the EU, offers odds of 1.14 (1/7) for Sterling moving to City this summer, and that suggests some serious business is going on. It might not provide a big enough reward in itself, but it can be a part of any online betting accumulator, as it seems pretty sure at the moment that Liverpool couldn’t benefit from keeping an unmotivated player, who will be definitely booed by any fans around the country irrespectively of which club he will represent.
Liverpool’s magic would provide a big reward
Liverpool have quite high odds actually to retain Sterling as him staying on Merseyside is available at 5.50 (9/2) on Unibet Sportsbook’s Players club after this transfer window market. That suggests that it is quite unlikely for them to keep Sterling, who refused to turn up at Melwood for the start of Liverpool’s preseason, officially because of illness. Sterling also asked manager Brendan Rodgers this week to leave him out from Liverpool’s travelling squad that will depart towards the Far East this Sunday.
However Sterling expectedly will be included to the squad unless City approach Liverpool with a third offer after their first two bids were rejected. Liverpool were playing hard against Luis Suarez in 2013 as well, demonstrating that the management is keen about keeping their top assets. The Reds were so determined and were bluffing so well then that they were able to retain the Uruguayan troublemaker for an additional year, when he produced his finest ever season, scoring 31 league goals in 33 appearances, helping Liverpool to come as runners-up in the Premier League.
However, as Sterling had no such controversies at Liverpool like Suarez did, that somehow justified his intentions to leave, and after the fans also disappointed in the Jamaican-born player, it is hard to see that Liverpool would be able to pull out a similar trick. Adventurous punters however could consider backing him staying at Anfield Road for an additional season, as he has two more years on his current contracts.
Other destinations are also in contention
Getting him stay would be a massive demonstration of power from the Reds, however, this is less likely than selling him. Therefore more conservative mobile betting players should wager on him leaving Anfield this summer. Apart from City, Chelsea would be another obvious destination for him within England, available at 9.00 (8/1) at Unibet portsbook.
Arsenals odds are considerably higher at 16.00 (15/1), and of course Real Madrid are the favourites to land Sterling amongst foreign clubs with odds at 12.00 (11/1), with Rafa Benitez being in charge at the Bernabeu, the same manager who brought Sterling to Liverpool five years ago.