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Manchester City's English transfer scramble is shameful

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Manchester City have recently being linked with a transfer of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, two of England's best young players.

The Citizens are desperate to recruit some England's best talents because of the lack of homegrown players in their current squad.

With the sale of James Milner to Liverpool this summer, City are looking at every English or homegrown option.

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But what does this tell us about the trend of the Premier League and of the super rich clubs like Manchester City?

It is disgraceful that City are targeting Wilshere and Sterling. Wilshere has been at Arsenal since he was seven-years-old and has grown and blossomed at the north London club under the guidance of Arsene Wenger.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City are failing to develop their own homegrown players and are failing to give their best young talents a chance in the first-team.

Instead of investing in the future, City are more willing to offer huge amounts of money and poach the cream of the crop of young English players from other clubs in the league.

Money is not an option to City and they will arguably pay whatever it takes in order to get the player they want.

The rumours

Sterling's Liverpool future has been in doubt for quite some time. He infamously rejected a £100,000-a-week contract and his agent has now confirmed that he is not going to extend his stay beyond 2017.

While the 20-year-old will always say otherwise, it seems that Liverpool are about to lose one of their brightest prospects due to the large amounts of money on offer elsewhere.

With Wilshere, the story is a little different. The England international has always discussed his status with Arsenal and declared that he is happy at the club.

The reports, which have broken recently, claim that City are ready to pay upwards of £40m to sign him from Arsenal. However, they face a losing battle with regards to the 23-year-old.

Arsenal are on the brink of something big next season and it appears that they will be acquiring the services of Petr Cech from Chelsea. Wilshere is an important piece in the Arsenal puzzle and is a fan favourite.

A graveyard for homegrown stars

While both Liverpool and Arsenal will need strong resolve to reject such huge amounts of money, the argument presented by a number of players before them is that a club like Manchester City is the worst place for a homegrown footballer to refine his talent.

These new revelations could merely be generated to unsettle the Arsenal star but he must not listen to the outside voices and remember what Wenger and Arsenal have done for him.

Sterling, it seems, will leave Liverpool, but it is with great shame for the Liverpool fans that the situation has played out this way.

Brendan Rodgers seemed ready to build his team around the 20-year-old and would have rewarded him handsomely for his long-term commitment.

A move to Manchester City might bring a Premier League title and Champions League football, but arguably there would be no honour in it.

Sterling must think carefully about his decision and decide what is best for him and not listen to the talk of agents and the promise of big sums of money.

For such a talented player he could achieve great things with Liverpool but it seems that unfortunately this is unlikely to happen.

Manchester City should look to their academy and take a leaf out of the book of Wenger and Rodgers, two managers who are not afraid to play their young players for the first-team.

They must look at their own homegrown players and build a legacy for themselves rather than merely buying the cream of the crop in order to fulfil homegrown quotas.

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Raheem Sterling
Manchester City
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Premier League
Arsenal
Jack Wilshere

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