Man City transfer news: Premier League rivals likely to seek Raheem Sterling deal

Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling

Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur could look to persuade Raheem Sterling to join them from Manchester City next summer, according to Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge.

Sterling has less than 20 months of his City contract remaining, with his £300,000-per-week agreement due to expire at the end of June 2023.

What's the latest news involving Sterling?

Sterling went into yesterday's Manchester derby having been limited to just three Premier League starts this season, despite being among the club's top earners.

It has led to Sterling revealing his frustrations at a lack of game time and claiming he could be interested in securing a move to a club outside of England.

Sterling's hopes of being given more opportunities suffered a significant blow when City boss Pep Guardiola responded to the England international's comments by insisting he could not assure Sterling of regular football.

The lack of action is not something the 26-year-old has become accustomed to at the Etihad Stadium and he only failed to secure a place in Guardiola's starting line-up 10 times in the Premier League last season.

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But Jack Grealish's £100million summer switch from Aston Villa, which shattered the British transfer record fee, appears to have had a major impact on where Sterling is currently situated in the City pecking order.

What has Michael Bridge said about Sterling?

Bridge believes Arsenal and Spurs could look to tempt Sterling back to familiar surroundings as the winger grew up in north London.

However, the Sky Sports journalist is unsure as to whether Sterling could be persuaded to join one of City's Premier League rivals and hints a move overseas could be on the cards instead.

Bridge told GIVEMESPORT: "He's a boy from Brent, so he's from around north London.

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"I think that's where he likes to be, so Arsenal and Spurs would probably be in for him.

"But does he see that as an option or does he want to have a go abroad?"

Are Arsenal or Tottenham likely to be able to afford Sterling?

Three-time Premier League champion Sterling is currently valued at £81million by Transfermarkt but, with him set to enter the final 12 months of his contract next summer, it is likely City would be willing to sell the winger for less than that figure.

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It has been reported that City have stuck a £67million price tag on Sterling amid interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Sterling's wages could prove to be a stumbling block in Arsenal's pursuit as their highest earner is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who rakes in £50,000-per-week less than the 71-cap England international.

Sterling's City pay package is also substantially more than Spurs' top earners, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndombele, who pocket £200,000-per-week.

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