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.
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.
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.