Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger gave a cryptic response when asked whether or not he’d make a move for want-away Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, James Olley of The Evening Standard reports.
Wenger on bidding for Sterling: “I don’t like to lie. If I say I will and I don’t do it, you will say I lied.”
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) May 19, 2015
Sterling is currently involved in a contract stand-off with his club and after revealing that he did indeed reject a contract worth £100,000 per-week, the 20-year-old England star also admitted that being linked with us was “quite flattering” (via BBC Sport).
It has since been reported that the forward has now asked to leave the club and a move back to London could be a feasible one for Sterling.
Sterling has actually already told Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave Liverpool this summer. Did so before the Chelsea game
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) May 18, 2015
Wenger has a number of options in the forward-line, but with the future of Theo Walcott yet to be resolved with his contract expiring in 2016, a swap-deal with the Reds has also been mooted (via Daily Star).
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Despite Sterling’s undoubted talent and his ability to play through the middle, our team is lacking an orthodox centre-forward capable of offering different qualities to Olivier Giroud.
We’ve lacked a central striker able to go beyond the opposition’s defence while offering a goal threat and Sterling is yet to convince in that position.
However, his potential arrival could see Wenger revert to his original plan and mould Alexis Sanchez into a centre-forward; our forward line would then have a devastating look about it.