Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move to both Arsenal and Tottenham, but The Sun have now revealed that it is the Gunners who are leading their North London rivals in the race to sign him.
The Daily Mail revealed over the weekend that the recently-crowned Premier League champions want to get rid of the former Liverpool man and Riyad Mahrez this summer, and Arsenal are interested in both wingers.
Sterling hasn’t had the greatest of seasons for City. He has come under a ton of criticism for his performances over the last few months, but he still managed to finish the campaign with 14 goals and 12 assists in all competitions.
That’s a stunning record and it is no surprise that the two North London clubs are keen to sign him. However, there are many things that will complicate this deal, especially for Arsenal.
The report from The Sun claims that City are trying to include Sterling in the deal to sign Harry Kane. That makes things difficult for Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta’s relationship with the Englishman thanks to their time together at the Etihad is probably why the report claims that we are leading the race to sign him.
However, the biggest issue in any deal is Sterling’s wages. The 26-year-old is currently on a staggering £300,000-a-week contract at City. That’s more than anybody at Arsenal, and it really wouldn’t be wise to shell out that kind of wages this summer, especially after how Mesut Ozil’s contract affected us.
Will Arsenal sign Raheem Sterling?
A hugely talented English winger who is still only 26 and is coming on the back of a season where he directly contributed to 26 goals in all competitions would be amazing for any club, let alone Arsenal.
Even Arsene Wenger was a huge fan of Sterling. He labelled the Englishman as one of the best in Europe in 2019 and boldly claimed that the rapid Manchester City star reminds him of former Gunner Marc Overmars. (The Standard)
That should convince Arteta to sign him and it probably has. Sadly, there’s no way we can afford his transfer fee or his wages this summer, especially with no European football. That should end all the speculation surrounding Arsenal’s interest.