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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is apparently tempted by a move to Arsenal after previously enjoying working under Pep Guardiola’s former assistant Mikel Arteta.
It’s premium season, and one of the City players, who was lined up a couple of times, may soon be in possession of a new contract.
We also have the latest update on Barcelona’s Ferran Torres chase, where the Blues seem ready to play hardball.
Raheem Sterling endured a tough start to the season with City following his Euro 2020 heroism, but he started all three of City’s matches last week and found the net in the victories over Everton and Paris Saint-Germain.
However, rumors that the English star may be leaving the Etihad Stadium have not gone away.
Journalist Ian McGarry claimed that a move to the Emirates Stadium is something of an attraction for Sterling.
McGarry spoke on Podcast Transfer window: “It’s the case that his representatives have met with Man City and say their player does not want to continue or actually investigate an extension of his contract.
“Instead, they would prefer to explore the possibility of a loan deal, which they would like to begin in the January window. Whether that is possible or not is still unknown, but there are several interested parties, including Arsenal.”
McGarry continued: “We know that Sterling himself rejected the possibility of joining Tottenham Hotspur on a permanent basis last summer, but the idea of moving back to London, the idea of almost guaranteeing a starting place in another elite Premier League club is extremely attractive to him. “
MEN Sports understands that City are hoping they will keep Sterling’s services, but the player keeps his cards very close to his chest.
After yet another fantastic performance from yet another of the most underrated players in the Premier League, City are reportedly pushing to keep Riyad Mahrez at the club by getting him to sign a long-term contract.
With only 18 months left of his contract, The Sun has reported that City are seeking to tie Mahrez to new terms before flying to Cameroon with Algeria to play in the Africa Cup of Nations.
The report also suggests that Mahrez is eager to stay, although Paris Saint-Germain is ready to see how the situation develops.
It has reached the stage now with City’s firepower that whoever it may leave the club, the squad can handle it fine. They won the title without a striker for most of last season and are right among the frontrunners again this time thanks to several outstanding performances.
Many City fans would love that Mahrez stayed as he is a sensational player, but it would not be the doom of the world if the time came – a healthy and strong position to be in as a football club.
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Ferran Torres’ has blossomed since joining City from Valencia last year and Barcelona have come to call.
MEN Sports understands that Ferran would be open to a switch to the Nou Camp, but Barca’s poor financial situation must also be taken into account.
The Sun has reported that City will be open to the transfer on one condition – they will receive the triple amount they paid in August 2020. This means that City have raised their fine to over £ 60 million.
This seems to be a stumbling block given Barcelona’s well-documented money problems.
But if City can somehow execute a deal like that, it would be an incredibly tidy business to soften the blow by losing a talented young player like Ferran.
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