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Raheem Sterling is reluctant to join Tottenham as Manchester City explore ways of striking a deal for Harry Kane, according to reports.
It emerged earlier this week that City are ready to follow up their transfer enquiry by submitting a £100million bid for Kane.
The Spurs striker has informed the club he would like to leave, but chairman Daniel Levy is expected to hold out for a sum in the region of £120million to £150million.
City chiefs would prefer not to fork out such an eye-watering fee and are believed to be willing to offer a number of players to Tottenham to get the deal over the line.
Sterling is reportedly unwilling to move to Tottenham to facilitate Kane joining City
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Winger Sterling is one such player who could be used as a makeweight, alongside forward Gabriel Jesus and centre-back Aymeric Laporte.
But the England international is not open to joining Spurs, according to ESPN , which will come as a blow to City's hopes of signing Kane.
Sterling moved to the Etihad from Liverpool in a £49million transfer in 2015 and has gone on to score 114 goals in 292 appearances for City.
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The 26-year-old has won eight major honours with the Sky Blues and has two years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2018.
Sterling found himself benched by manager Pep Guardiola for key fixtures last season – including the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals – but appears determined to fight for his place at City.
Indeed, the ESPN report adds that he would only consider leaving on his terms, rather than as a makeweight in another deal.
There have been rumours Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid are interested in the Liverpool academy graduate.
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Meanwhile, Sterling has been a standout performer for England at Euro 2020, scoring both of the Three Lions' goals during their three Group D games.
His winner against Czech Republic on Tuesday night sets up a last-16 encounter with the runners-up of Group F, which will almost certainly be one of France, Germany or Portugal.
Sterling is unfazed at the prospect of facing any elite opposition and insisted England are looking forward to doing so.
"At some point you are going to have to face the best teams, that's the whole point of being in the tournament, which is to challenge yourself," he told ITV Sport after the Wembley win.
"Our objective from the beginning was to win the group. It's tournament football and things are going to be difficult at times.
"But we need to keep doing what we're doing as a team which is being solid and taking our chances when we can."