The 20-year-old has emerged as one of the planet’s best young players over the course of the past two seasons, slotting into Brendan Rodgers’ first XI and almost firing the Merseysiders to a first ever Premier League title.
However, his Anfield future in in massive doubt, with Sterling having rejected a £100,000-per-week extension to his contract recently – which expires at the end of next season.
This has alerted City, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side desperate to make a signal of intent in the transfer market by landing a top quality star.
The Sky Blues need to buy British to meet home grown player quotas, making Sterling a tempting option.
Financial Fair Play restrictions have limited City’s muscle in recent windows.