Manchester United move for Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

Manchester United have made a sensational enquiry about the prospect of signing Raheem Sterling.

No player has moved directly between the most bitter rivals in English football since Phil Chisnall moved from Old Trafford to Anfield in 1964 but United have explored the prospect of exploiting Sterling's contract stand-off.

Liverpool flatly told United they have no interest in doing business for the England international, who has turned down the offer of a new contract and has told Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave the club this summer.

Sterling, who was heckled at Liverpool's end of season awards on Tuesday night, has two years remaining on his current contract and Liverpool have made it clear they do not want to sell him in the coming window.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been plotting moves to varying degrees for Sterling but United's emergence shows how vulnerable Liverpool have become and it is unlikely to be the last offer they receive.

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