Raheem Sterling has been put up for sale by Manchester City, but where could the English star end up?
Not long ago, Raheem Sterling was one of Manchester City’s favorite men, but now a bleak scenario awaits him at the Etihad Stadium.
The England international has, to everyone’s surprise, lost his place in City’s starting lineup under Pep Guardiola, and his career is now somewhat at a crossroads with the Premier League champion putting him up for sale.
Sports post reported on Friday that City would be willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old winger, while Guardiola is looking to refine his squad as he plans a new era of dominance at the Etihad.
England star Raheem Sterling could bid farewell to Manchester City this summer
Sterling is not the only man who could leave in the coming months, but with Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte also among those who could be sacrificed.
But with Sterling’s future in the air massively, it has quickly sparked debate over where he might end up next.
Arsenal and Tottenham are among the Premier League clubs associated with him, but there is a long summer ahead and it certainly won’t be an outright shoot-out between the two teams in north London.
Here, Sports post has looked at where the English star could end up this summer, at what could be a pivotal moment in his career…
The Gunners are believed to have an interest in both Sterling and Mahrez, with Arteta having worked with both between 2016 and 2019 during his time as Guardiola’s assistant at City.
Arteta worked closely with Sterling at City and is largely credited with helping the winger improve on his final product.
During their partnership, Sterling turned into a goalscoring machine and one of the best players in European football.
Sterling scored 23 and 25 goals in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns respectively. His former partnership with Arteta could therefore be beneficial for Arsenal.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta looks forward to reunion with Sterling after he worked at City
However, given Arsenal’s plight, it seems unlikely that Sterling will make the move to north London this summer.
Arsenal have missed out on European football altogether for the first time since the 1995-96 campaign after a dismal season that culminated in Villarreal’s defeat in the Europa League semi-final.
So given Arsenal’s absence from Europe and a lack of money, it’s extremely difficult to see Sterling drop one level – especially as his financial demands seem too high for the Gunners.
From one side of North London to the other. Tottenham has also been linked with Sterling, but not in the same way as Arsenal.
Again, after a difficult season at Tottenham – in which they finished seventh in the Premier League – the proposal to move to Spurs does not seem the most appealing to Sterling.
However, Harry Kane’s desire to leave Tottenham in his bid for silverware could set the wheels in motion regarding Sterling’s future.
Sterling could be used as a makeweight in City’s bid to land Tottenham talisman Harry Kane
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is rightly hesitant to sell Kane, who is valued at around £150 million, but City could perhaps tempt their English rivals by launching an interesting offer.
And according to the SunCity are ready to offer both Sterling and Jesus to Tottenham as they are desperate for a deal for Kane to maintain their dominance in England and eventually get better in the Champions League.
A move to Tottenham may not be Sterling’s first choice, but he could end up in North London if City can trick their counterparts into the fascinating swap deal.
Yes, this is definitely an opportunity, but we’ve seen crazier things in football over the years.
Sterling left Liverpool on dire terms for City in a £49m deal in the summer of 2015, and he has not looked back.
Liverpool supporters still express their bitter opinion of Sterling as he rocks to Anfield with City after making the move to Etihad as he looked forward to playing regularly at the highest level.
Liverpool can watch former Sterling player as Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane leave
But there’s a very slim chance he could make a sensational return to Liverpool, who have emerged as City’s biggest rivals in English football after taking the Premier League title in 2019-20.
A move to Anfield will depend on the future of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, who are closely linked with moves, particularly to Spain.
If one of Liverpool’s star strikers leaves this summer, Jurgen Klopp could be tempted to take advantage of Sterling’s predicament at City and seal what would be arguably the most notable signing of the summer window.
It’s definitely a long shot though…
Spanish giants Madrid have long been admirers of Sterling and it would be a move that would certainly appeal to the England international.
Sterling’s recent lack of playing time under Guardiola had Madrid and City’s willingness to listen to offers for their winger gave the Spaniard new hopes of closing a deal.
Sterling had been heavily linked with a transfer for Sterling when City had to be banned from the Champions League for two years, but after the English giants won their appeal, the Englishman was left sitting.
A move to Spanish giant Real Madrid this summer is likely to appeal to the 26-year-old
But now they can rekindle their interest in Sterling, who may be looking for a new challenge away from England.
However, due to Madrid’s administrative uncertainty and their lack of financial resources during the ongoing Covid pandemic, a step could be put on ice for the time being.
PARIS SAINT GERMAIN
Always on the lookout for big names, French juggernauts PSG will keep a close eye on Sterling’s situation in Manchester.
After relinquishing their Ligue 1 crown to Lille this season, the Parisians will desperately make a statement of intent this summer in their bid to regain dominance.
And Sterling could potentially make a hugely fearsome front line alongside Neymar and Co under manager Mauricio Pochettino, who knows Sterling well from his time in England.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino could be tempted to make a move for England winger Sterling
And as Kylian Mbappe’s future is still in doubt and no agreement has yet been reached with PSG on a new contract after his contract expires in 2022, the Parc des Princes team could be tempted to go for Sterling .
But staying in England or moving to Spain seems more on the cards for Sterling right now.
OR WILL HE STAY IN MANCHESTER CITY?
While City are open to offers for the 26-year-old, there’s no guarantee his Etihad career is over.
If Sterling doesn’t get the right offer or City can’t trick Tottenham into a swap deal involving Kane, the Premier League champions won’t be forced to sell him.
If so, Sterling knows it’s time to put his head down and revive his City career after this summer’s Euros.
Not long ago, Sterling was one of Guardiola’s most important men and there is a good chance that in the future this will be the case again.
Sterling will be desperate his City career will not end on a whim and he will have hopes of regaining Guardiola’s confidence if given another chance.
Sterling can revive his City career under Pep Guardiola after losing his place on the side