Manchester City’s football development executive Patrick Vieira has revealed his admiration in Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling, according to MailOnline.
The two-time Premier League champions have already had two bids for Sterling rejected by Liverpool this summer, with the latest being worth £40million.
And Vieira, who was speaking at an event in New York for Western Union’s PASS initiative, admits he isn’t surprised by City’s interest in the 20-year-old.
He said: “I think if you go down and ask 10 people what they think about him, I think nine would give you a positive answer.”
“I would be part of the nine people because he’s shown how good he is, how well he’s been doing at Liverpool.
“If he is in the market, not just City would be interested in him.”
Sterling has been the subject of increased speculation about his future this year after it was reported that he had rejected a contract extension worth £100,000-a-week at Anfield.
MailOnline claim City are weighing up a third bid worth around £50million, which is the figure at which Liverpool rate the England international.
Sterling scored seven goals in 35 league appearances for Liverpool last season, but he initially thrived alongside Luis Suarez the season before when Liverpool came to within a game of winning their first ever Premier League title.