Sterling is City's $50M target

Manchester City plans a wholesale clear-out of players, and their main target is Liverpool striker Raheem Sterling.

The Blues are prepared to offer at least $50 million when summer trading begins and are willing to sell Samir Nasri, Yaya Toure, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas, Edin Dzeko and Stevan Jovetic to fund signings.

Outgoing champions City are determined to outbid interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for Sterling, who is unsettled at Anfield.

They have made the England forward their No. 1 close-season target and believe they can tempt Liverpool to sell their prize asset.

City is determined to get the Jamaica-born 20-year-old, who has already turned down an improved $130,000-a-week contract at Anfield. City is preparing for a huge summer overhaul after a deeply disappointing season and also hope to land Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola.

Ex-Barcelona coach Guardiola has a year left on his contract at Bayern and remains City’s top target to replace Manuel Pellegrini, who looks set to get the sack after a poor run of results since January.

Liverpool is adamant they will not sell Sterling this summer, but City has the cash to buy anyone they want, and if he rejects all offers for a new contract, his exit from the club he joined five years ago seems inevitable.