Arsenal are having to rethink their plans to make a transfer bid for Raheem Sterling after the player's latest spate of controversial incidents left Emirates officials unimpressed, reports The Mail.
Arsene Wenger is interested in signing the Liverpool player and is keeping a close eye on his contract situation at Anfield. Sterling has already turned down a £100,000-a-week contract and Brendan Rodgers has confirmed contract talks have been postponed.
But Sterling's recent behaviour has left Arsenal doubting whether or not he has the attitude to fulfil his potential. There is now a real possibility that Wenger will drop his interest in the 20-year-old.
Sterling caused controversy after images of him smoking a shisha pipe and inhaling nitrous oxide were leaked online. A video has since appeared on YouTube appearing to show to young star inhaling laughing gas from a balloon.
The headline making is starting to become a habit for Sterling, who recently shocked Liverpool officials by giving an exclusive interview with the BBC. That interview did not go unnoticed at the Emirates where Arsenal officials were also said to have been surprised.
Basically, Sterling is making trouble and he has obviously been distracted from becoming the best footballer he possibly can. Arsenal will understand that Sterling wants to be at the best possible club, but there is a growing sense that he is just seeking the largest amount of money and is becoming increasingly less focused on his football.
Arsenal have experience in that area. Several of their players have left in search of a bigger pay packet while Jack Wilshere has also made headlines for similar acts of indecency. Wenger would likely have to spend a fortune to sign Sterling and wants to know his money is being well invested.
The Gunners are certainly not ruling out a summer bid for him, according to the same report, but will now keep a close eye on Sterling's actions off the pitch as well as on it.
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