With a new contract supposedly being refused, Liverpool are unsure where they stand with Raheem Sterling. Will he sign a new deal? Will they allow him to leave?
With the youngster insisting that winning trophies, not money is the reason behind the decision, the future is very much uncertain.
There will be a lot of talk in the media and by the fans as to what the club should do and opinions on the player's situation. Some will say it may be his agent trying to secure the best deal possible whether that be at Liverpool or at another club.
Player swap deal
Recent talk has turned to a possible player plus cash deal with Arsenal. The Gunners could be set to offer Theo Walcott plus £20m to secure the Liverpool man's signature.
Walcott is struggling after a recent injury and is not featuring in the Arsenal line-up as much as he would expect. Whereas Sterling is a key player for Liverpool and is one of the first names on the team sheet.
Sterling does owe a lot to Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers as they have helped him develop from a raw youngster into an established star for both club and country. Would he be right to leave?
In my opinion I think he should stay at Liverpool. The manager will help him develop and improve and he could become a potential Liverpool great if he is to stay at the club for years to come.
The other question is where would he fit into the current Arsenal line-up. A big transfer like this would certainly mean a change in the starting XI but what would be his best position in the side?
He has shown his versatility this season by playing as a lone striker, behind the striker and as a winger, but with an abundance of attacking options already at Arsenal, where would he play?
A lot of competition
He would be competing with Alexis Sanchez and fellow countrymen Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as well as Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell upon their return from their respective loans for a position out wide.
Then he would be competing against Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey for a place in a more central position.
It would be a big move for both clubs and if it happens it could be the most surprising deal of the summer. At the moment it is all pure speculation with no concrete information being revealed by either club.
What do you think of the deal? Should Liverpool sell? Who is getting the better deal? Let us know in the comments below.
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