Former Derby County and Leicester City midfielder Robbie Savage has suggested in The Mirror that Liverpool should sell Raheem Sterling in the summer transfer window.
Liverpool and Sterling are currently involved in a bitter contract dispute, as reported by BBC Sport.
It has been reported that the Premier League outfit have cancelled a planned meeting with the winger on Friday due to his agent’s alleged outburst.
Sterling was reported to be informing the Liverpool bosses in the meeting on Friday that he does not want to sign a new contract, and that he wants to leave in the summer transfer window.
Savage believes that the Merseyside outfit should sell the 20-year-old for a good transfer fee.
“If they can get £40million for a player they picked up out of QPR's youth team for buttons, that's a tidy profit,” the 40-year-old wrote in The Mirror. “And if Sterling can find a top club willing to meet his wage demands, good for him. It's called market forces.”
The solution put forth by Savage is a sound one, and perhaps that is the only way this matter can be resolved.
However, it remains to be seen which clubs will be willing to pay £40 million for the England international.
Since it has now become common knowledge that Sterling wants to leave, clubs interested in the youngster will not be willing to pay over the top.
This means that negotiations over a transfer fee will be tough and could take weeks, even months.