Manchester City are keeping a close eye on the Raheem Sterling contract negotiations at Liverpool as his advisers become increasingly irritated with manager Brendan Rodgers.

They feel that Rodgers is trying to railroad the winger, who is 18 next Saturday, into signing a new deal following his comment that Sterling would be ‘very foolish’ not to agree fresh terms.

But Sportsmail understands City are monitoring Sterling’s situation closely and could consider launching a bid in January if the stand-off is not resolved by then.

Sterling’s advisers have held two meetings with Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre — the second of which took place at the start of the week — but the player has yet to receive a formal offer, despite the fact he is entering the final 18 months of his current contract.

Rodgers, whose side take on Southampton at Anfield this afternoon, is desperate for his brightest young talent to end the speculation over his future by agreeing fresh terms.

But his latest comments look to have had the opposite effect, alerting City to the possibility of landing one of the brightest talents in the Premier League. – Daily Mail