Sterling has been on Manchester City’s books for the last seven years, but he could look for a new challenge in the coming months.
What’s the latest news involving Sterling?
The 74-cap international is about to enter the final year of his contract at City, and The Athletic has stated that he is set to make a decision on his club future after playing for England next month.
The same report feels Sterling is only likely to leave City for one of Europe’s biggest clubs, despite interest from Tottenham and Arsenal.
It is understood that Sterling admires Antonio Conte, but talks that Spurs are frontrunners for his signature due to this are wide of the mark, while the 27-year-old is not keen on moving to the Emirates.
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What has Jones said about Sterling?
Sterling has previously spoken about being open to the prospect of playing abroad, and Jones has hinted that this is likely to be his next destination if he departs City.
However, Jones thinks Tottenham could have a small chance of landing Sterling given that they have a top-class manager in Conte in the dugout, and they are back in the Champions League.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think there are many clubs that Raheem Sterling would consider in England, if any. But maybe, just maybe, Tottenham would offer some sort of appeal right now. The fact that they’re in the Champions League, the fact that they’ve got Conte showing such passion and giving them fresh ambition.”
Would Sterling be a good signing for Tottenham?
Some may point out that Tottenham already have a formidable front three in the shape of Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski. Is there really any need to add the £76.5m-rated Sterling?
In a word – yes. Tottenham’s Achilles heel at the moment is their lack of strength in depth, and signing Sterling would go some way to fixing this issue, as he is a “world-class player“, according to his international teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
While Son and Kulusevski clearly have their favoured wings, Sterling is equally comfortable off either flank and would offer greater versatility, plus he has developed an impressive partnership with Kane at international level in recent years.
He has also been utilised as a central striker on multiple occasions this season by Pep Guardiola, and he could provide Conte with an option to rest Kane from time to time to ease the burden on the England captain.
With Sterling’s contract up in 2023, Spurs may also be hopeful of negotiating a reasonable fee for him, which would make trying to land him even more of a no-brainer.