Liverpool’s want-away star Raheem Sterling is looking for a return to London, and to Arsenal in particular, the Daily Star reports.
Sterling reportedly told Liverpool that he wants to leave this summer, which was further compounded by his agent Aidy Ward, who blasted the club and former defender Jamie Carragher (via The Evening Standard).
Sterling hinted in his now infamous interview with BBC Sport that being linked to Arsenal was “quite flattering”, a quote which may have ignited these reports.
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Should there be any truth to these stories, it’s no surprise that Sterling sees us as his most attractive proposition.
The English core present at our club – all a similar age to Sterling – means that we’re likely to be one of any young player from these shores’ first choices. Sterling seems close to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere when analysing the dynamic of the England squad through their activity on social media.
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Our ability to offer consistent Champions League football is also likely to be a major factor in any potential move for Sterling.
Considering our options in the forward-line, a move for the Liverpool star could depend on our own contract rebel Theo Walcott.
A swap-deal between the two has been mooted, which could represent the best possible solution for all parties (via the Daily Star).
Sterling would definitely improve our squad given his vast talents, but due to our finite budget, any deal to bring him to the Emirates may potentially have to be subsidised by the departure of Walcott – with other areas of the pitch a priority for us.