Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on the situation of Raheem Sterling, who could be set to leave Manchester City soon.
According to an exclusive report by Daily Star, Raheem Sterling is the subject of interest from Arsenal over a move in a future transfer window. The English international has become the priority attacking target for the Gunners, who are keenly monitoring his situation at Manchester City.
Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool in the summer of 2015 and has since completely transformed his career. Over the last half a dozen years, the Englishman has been a regular for both club and country, although he has showcased contrasting form of late at club and international level.
While his stock still continues to rise when representing England, Sterling has started the new term slowly, with just a goal and an assist in 10 appearances so far. Despite his inconsistencies at club level, the Manchester City forward remains a highly sought-after figure in the transfer market, with Arsenal now emerging as potential suitors.
The interest from Arsenal is not too surprising, considering there is a sense that the Gunners could still do with an injection of pace and creativity in their attacking department. Add to it the fact that Nicolas Pepe has not quite been delivering the goods lately and signing someone like Sterling would be a step in the right direction.
In fact, Arsenal, who have been linked with other forwards like Goncalo Guedes, Marco Asensio and Lorenzo Insigne, among others, have now made Sterling their priority target to bolster the attack. To that end, the Gunners are set to closely monitor his situation at Manchester City.
Sterling, on his part, is keen on staying put at the Etihad, but will only sign a new deal – with his current contract set to run out in less than two years’ time – if his wages are bumped definitively. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old forward has also been linked with Barcelona in recent times.
Judging by the potential competition for his services, Arsenal could well be at a disadvantage if their exile from Europe continues next season. Nevertheless, the Manchester City forward has now emerged as a priority for the north Londoners and it remains to be seen if they do make a move for him soon.