Liverpool media round-up: Manchester United to make Sterling bid, Milner could sign by end of week

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool are braced for a bid for winger Raheem Sterling from fierce rivals Manchester United, according to a report in the Daily Mirror

Sterling rejected a contract offer during the season, as well as reportedly telling the Reds he wants to leave the club, leading to speculation which intensified following alleged comments from his agent Aidy Ward.

It is thought Liverpool will reject any offer from United as the club have been saying for much of the saga that the 20-year-old will not leave this summer, and they expect him to honour the remaining two years on his contract.

Newly appointed Real Madrid boss, and former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez seemed to confirm interest in Sterling, saying he was an admirer of the player he originally brought to Anfield.

Elsewhere, the signing of James Milner is expected to go through by the end of the week, according to the Daily Mail as he swaps the Etihad Stadium for Anfield.

Milner is said to have held positive talks with Liverpool, and reckons his chances of playing in his preferred central midfield position are greater at Anfield.

Finally, one man's contract talks seem to be protracted, and that is Martin Skrtel's. His contract ends in the summer of 2017, and there have been reports circulating that Liverpool are trying to tie the Slovakian down to a new deal since the midway point of the season that has just passed.

A three-year deal is on the table, with an option for a fourth, but there is a snag over how much of his salary he'll receive - with the Daily Mail mooting he could have to play 80% of the games to qualify for it.

The Mail have carried quotes from a Slovakian publication Aktualne, one of which says: "The contract, which was presented to me, makes me uneasy, so I did not sign it." 

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