The summer transfer window has seen Arsenal linked with numerous players, yet here we are still waiting for some actual signings. While it’s frustrating for the fans, it can also be challenging for the players being mentioned in the nonstop rumor mill.
So imagine you are a successful forward playing for the Premier League champions. You’ve been capped by your country 65 times and have already scored 17 goals for your nation at the young age of 26. Then imagine that despite your accomplishments and loyalty, your club tries to bring in your replacement by shipping you and a bundle of cash to Tottenham. Arsenal have linked, too.
It’s bad enough that your team is willing to cut you off, but to then be shipped off to Spurs? Beyond insulting.
That is the situation that Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling currently finds himself in. While no deal that would see Harry Kane move to the Etihad has been finalized yet, it’s well-documented that money-rich City has deep pockets and want to sign the Spurs striker.
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Naturally, it’s been reported that Sterling hasn’t been impressed by the club’s efforts to include him in a potential player-plus-cash deal for Kane.
Despite a decrease in playing time with the champions, Sterling was interested in staying put and signing a new contract. It’s now being reported that he feels insulted by his club’s willingness to offload him and is open to considering other options.
Sterling has spoken glowingly of his relationship with Mikel Arteta and reports circulating last month linked the City player with a potential Arsenal transfer. After another excellent outing for England against Germany those links are unlikely to die down, as the manager continues to put his side’s pulling power to the test.
If Arsenal fans were in charge of making signings, a deal for Sterling would’ve already happened.
Unfortunately, there are several major obstacles in the way of this deal actually happening. First is the rather gigantic transfer fee that Manchester City would demand for Sterling; second is the player’s large salary in the vicinity of £300k-per-week and there’s the lack of European competition. And, do Arsenal need him?
If Sterling is interested in playing Champions League football next season, he, obviously, won’t find that in north London.
The odds don’t favor Sterling making the move to Arsenal any time soon. Whether he stays in Manchester or signs with another European club remains to be seen. One thing is certain, he is not impressed by the thought of being shipped off to Spurs and if he maintains his scoring rate and fine form at the European Championships there will be bigger fish than Spurs lurking.