Liverpool should let Sterling leave for Manchester City, says Jimmy Bullard

The 20-year-old continues to be heavily linked with an Anfield exit this summer.

The Raheem Sterling transfer saga has dragged on this summer and former Hull City and Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has given his take on the matter in his Independent column.

“For me, Liverpool should let Sterling leave for Manchester City,” he wrote.

“A player of the boy's quality should be playing Champions League football and unfortunately Liverpool can't offer him that at the moment.”

It’s a view sure to provoke the ire of Liverpool fans but remains a reality in the modern game. Tottenham Hotspur suffered the same fate with Gareth Bale and Luka Modric, both leaving for Champions League football, and The Reds had the same experience with Luis Suarez last summer.

For the top players in the game, Champions League football is the pinnacle and there is only so long a club can retain the best talent without offering it.

Whether Sterling deserves to be in the same bracket as a Bale or Suarez is definitely debatable, but the interest is there from City - with the Daily Mail reporting on a possible third bid from the Etihad - and a move now looks to be a matter of when, not if.

Bullard added: “There’s talk of £60million and I think it’s a good deal for both teams. City will be getting one of the most exciting young talents in the league, while Liverpool can spend the money on trying to replace him, something which they’ve started to do already.”

£60 million represents a great price for a player who undoubtedly is full of potential, but hasn’t yet produced consistently for an entire campaign.

The protracted transfer has threatened to turn even uglier, with Sterling calling in sick twice for training before returning today, as per the Daily Mailand an exit sooner rather than later appears best for all parties.

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