Telegraph: PL big hitters aware Man City big-money ace to be sold, names Tottenham chances of stunning deal
By Harry Sykes
Manchester City’s Premier League rivals are convinced that Raheem Sterling will be sold by manager Pep Guardiola in the near future, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that cash-rich City are expected to offload Sterling as Guardiola continues his expensive overhaul of the team.
It is said that Arsenal and Chelsea are likely to wage a two-club battle for the attacking midfielder, 22, who joined City from Liverpool in the summer of 2014 for £49million.
Arsenal, who reportedly were offered Sterling in part-exchange for Alexis Sanchez by the Manchester club, could make a move again for him in the New Year if City make a new bid to try to sign the Chilean in the January transfer window.
The Gunners’ only domestic rivals in the race are likely to be Chelsea, as the Telegraph report that City would not sell to Manchester United, the player could not return to Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur could not afford his transfer fee or wages.
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Sterling started only one of City’s opening three league fixtures but scored two goals and was named the club’s player of the month for August.
Football Insider verdict:
It is a shame Spurs are not in a position to bankroll a move for Sterling. Young, dynamic, English and with his best years ahead of him, he is an unpolished diamond who could be moulded by manager Mauricio Pochettino into a rare gem. At City, there is a herd of even more capable attacking midfielders blocking his path to a regular starting berth. At Spurs, the competition for places in what is a smaller squad would not be intense. He also offers something that Pochettino does not have enough on. Speed. And lots of it. Sterling would be a fascinating and brilliant signing for the Londoners.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a Sky journalist has revealed that a last-gasp Spurs striker switch failed after an agreement had been reached.