Negotiations over the England international’s future at Anfield have been very much a stop-start affair since the turn of the year, prompting talk that Liverpool could yet lose a fan favourite for the second season running.
Sterling’s impact on Brendan Rodgers’ first-team has been huge and according to the Daily Mirror the Northern Irish manager isn’t the only coach to have been significantly impressed with his development.
Arsene Wenger is believed to be a keen admirer of the diminutive forward and wants to take advantage of the contract standoff currently instigated by the man himself, who has put plans to sign a new deal to one side whilst he concentrates of finishing the season strongly. Liverpool bosses are now worried that in doing that he has opened the door to a blockbuster departure, and Arsenal have already made tentative enquiries.
The Gunners aren’t the only footballing superpower to express an interest in making a deal that would leave half of Merseyside heartbroken, that’s for sure. In recent months reports have implied that Chelsea rank amongst his suitors whilst it’s also claimed that Manchester City will make an effort to make Sterling their flagship signing of the summer.
Given his importance to Liverpool it certainly won’t be long before the Reds offer him a new deal in an attempt to stave off the advances of their rivals, but given that Sterling is taking home a poultry £35,000-a-week - pennies compared to some of his teammates - he’s understandably frustrated.
The Mirror say he’ll be handed an upgrade that would see his wages jump to closer to £90,000-a-week, though even then the likes of Chelsea and City would surely be prepared to trump it.
And yet it’s Arsenal who find themselves the talk of the town with relation to the youngster’s future, perhaps because Theo Walcott could be on his way out. The winger is himself wrapped in an ongoing contract saga that has no end in sight and if replacing him is the order of the day Wenger could do no better than Sterling.
The Frenchman is said to be prepared to offer a full-back as part of the proposal sent to Anfield in an attempt to sweeten the deal. Of course Rodgers will simply laugh in the face of most offers coming his way, but unless he can convince his brightest talent to pledge his future to the Liverpool in a binding manner the fans have plenty to be worried about.
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