Manchester United and Raheem Sterling. It’s the most unlikely relationship in the transfer window at the moment but one which doesn’t seem to want to go away any time soon.
Who wouldn’t want to work under Van Gaal? You’ve only got to look at his history of bringing through some of the best youngsters of this generation, Xavi and Thomas Muller for example, to see why any young player would be excited at the thought of playing under the Dutchman.
Today, Sky sources have been told Liverpool will flat out refuse to sell to United. Well, you wouldn’t expect Liverpool to say anything else would you? After all, the last player to transfer directly between the clubs was back in 1964.
Liverpool might not want to sell to United but the fact of the matter is that they are going to really struggle to hold onto Sterling or entice the world’s best players that Anfield is the place for their career to blossom.
From being title contenders only 12 months ago, Liverpool have sold Luis Suarez, lost Steven Gerrard and are set to lose Sterling all within the space of a year. It hardly sends out the right sort of message for ambitious players.
As for Sterling and United, we’re under no illusion that a transfer is extremely unlikely to materialise but it doesn’t mean we can’t revel in the fact the fact that Sterling would even consider a move.