Man City: Why has Raheem Sterling's form dropped?
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Arsenal are reportedly ‘leading the way’ in the pursuit of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling this summer. Sterling has been sensationally linked with a move to Arsenal after a disappointing end to the season at City. The England star netted just one goal in 16 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side after scoring in the 1-0 win at the Emirates in February.
Sterling has two years remaining on his City contract, where he earns around £300,000 a week.
That would immediately put the 26-year-old alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the two top earners at Arsenal.
Arsenal are not the only club who have been linked with a move for Sterling.
The Sun claims City are prepared to offer Sterling and team-mate Gabriel Jesus as ‘bait’ to Tottenham in an attempt to take Harry Kane to the Etihad.
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However, the same reports says Arsenal are ahead of their north London rivals in the race for Sterling.
Former City winger Trevor Sinclair believes the recent reports that Sterling could be on his way out of the club.
“I might be wrong, but reading between the lines and the media that’s being released, I think they’d be prepared to let him go,” Sinclair told talkSPORT.
“I think there’s a potential move for Raheem this summer.
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“You look at the individual; there are a few little rumours coming out that Man City are prepared to listen to offers.
“You look at the way he’s played during his time at Man City and he has been superb.”
Sterling was a surprise starter for City in the Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.
He is expected to be named in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s European Championships at 5pm today.
And despite his poor end to the season, Sinclair believes there would be plenty of suitors for Sterling if he were to leave City.
“I think there’ll be a queue of clubs wanting to sign him,” Sinclair added.
“Not on the last three or four months of form but on his previous nine years of performances.
“He’s not had any real injury problems. I look at him, and he doesn’t look excited; he looks anxious about being out there.
“He’s proved to all the fans he’s a top player, so I think he needs a fresh challenge and I think it would coincide with the club’s model.”
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