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Arsenal & United To Battle It Out For £15m-Rated Raheem Sterling

By on December 15, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, interest grows in Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling

Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out for Liverpool’s £15m-rated contract rebel Raheem Sterling, according to the Sun.

Sterling, who turned 18 last weekend, has 18 months to run on his youth-team contract at Anfield and the report claims that talks over a new deal between the players advisors and Reds managing director Ian Ayre have reached deadlock,  with both Arsenal and Manchester United ready to move in if the stand-off continues.

The Sun suggest that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is planning on using his own contract rebel, Theo Walcott, as part-exchange for Sterling but it’s United’s interest that has raised a few eyebrows and will put increasing pressure on Liverpool to get the exciting winger tied down to a new contract sooner rather than later.

Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR as a 15-year-old and has been a huge hit on Merseyside this season. He was given his chance after impressing during pre-season and has gone on to become a first-team regular under Brendan Rodgers, while he also made his England debut against Sweden in November.

If Liverpool fail to agree a deal, and Arsenal and United’s interest is concrete, as the Sun suggests, Sterling may face something of a dilemma over his future. Were he to move to United, he’ll get the chance to compete for major trophies but it’s hard to see him being regarded as a first team regular at Old Trafford due to the level of competition he’ll be faced with. I feel he’s more likely to get game-time at the Emirates and he’s understood to still have family ties back in London, so he may be faced with a tough choice.

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There is still every possibility that Liverpool may get the lad tied down to a new contract, but if not it’s going to be interesting to see where he ends up.

Where do you think Sterling will end up? Will he sign a new deal with Liverpool? Or will Arsenal or United manage to lure him away? Get involved in the comments section below.

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2 Comments

  1. Sabbathi Lawani

    December 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Am so confident that he will eventually sign for LFC. He can’t choose to bite the fingers that fed him. There’s only one club in the whole world, and that is LFC. U’ll Never Walk Alone!

  2. PJ

    December 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    He has said that he wants to sign a new contract with Liverpool and that he isn’t demanding insane amounts of money like its been reported. I think the hold up is from the agents side, probably sees his client as a hot prospect and wants as much money as possible. As far as Sterling is concerned he is ready to sign.

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