Manchester City have moved above Arsenal and Chelsea in the race to secure the signature of Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, the man at the centre of transfer controversy right now.
Although Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has claimed that he expects the England international to stay on at the Merseyside club, this is in direct conflict with the stance taken by Sterling’s agent, who has recently stated that the 20-year-old wouldn’t even sign for £700, £800 or £900,000-a-week.
With all these points of view swirling about, City are mounting a bid to tempt Sterling to City. The Daily Mail report that the Citizens’ financial power outweighs other English sides looking to sign Sterling and that a £45 million bid could be combined with a £120,000-a-week wage packet.
Both of these figures combined over a five-year period would amount to close to £80 million.
The question now for City has to be is he worth this amount of money? His reputation has been blighted by some poor end-of-season performances but there is no doubting he is a future gem for England, and for the Premier League in general, if he can keep on steadily improving the way he has so far.
If he is to recreate the longevity his captain Steven Gerrard has achieved then there is potentially another 14 years left in Sterling’s legs. It may be a slight risk, but looking around at all other sides in the Premier League, City is probably the club that suits his ambitions the most, along with him having the best chance of starting. It would be difficult to see where he would fit into either Chelsea or Arsenal’s starting XI at present.
He may not play for as long as Gerrard, but at 20 years of age, with the chance of being sold on for even more money, and a lot of talent to call upon, City should take the risk.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena