Arsenal have reportedly entered the race for Raheem Sterling and hold the advantage over Real Madrid and Manchester City, with the Liverpool star favouring a move to us this summer, the Daily Express reports.
Sterling looks set to leave Liverpool this summer after refusing to extend his contract, and one of our rivals has already made their move for him.
Manchester City, as the report suggests, have had a bid in the region of £30million turned down, with Liverpool looking for a club to meet their valuation of the player – which is said to be £50m.
The Express suggests that Liverpool expect us to make a move soon, and reveal that Sterling wants to return to London and ply his trade at the Emirates Stadium on a weekly basis.
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If the 20-year-old does end up moving to Manchester City, he will have justified the critics who claimed that he’s only interested in the financial aspect of the game.
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The former Premier League champions are interested in Sterling largely due to his nationality and homegrown status, with first team football far from a guarantee at the Etihad Stadium.
However, despite Sterling’s preference, it would be difficult to see us compete with Man City in a bidding war for a player who isn’t a priority for us this summer.