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Arsenal transfer: Gunners reportedly enquire about Manchester City duo

Arsenal have made an enquiry to Premier League rivals Manchester City for Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez, according to Eurosport.

The Gunners are desperate to bolster their attacking arsenal this summer. Both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette could leave, whilst others may depart too.

Mikel Arteta oversaw an eighth place finish last season. That simply won’t do during 2021/22 and the Spaniard wants two players he knows very well.

The Arsenal incumbent was at City alongside Pep Guardiola and worked with both Mahrez and Sterling for many years.

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Arteta has decided to check on the availability of the City duo. The champions are preparing to bid for Harry Kane so would surely welcome the cash.

Signing them won’t come easy to Arsenal. Both Sterling and Mahrez hope to stay in the North West and will hold talks with City in July.

Both players are also on decent contracts at the Etihad Stadium. Sterling earns a staggering £300,000-a-week, whilst Mahrez collects £120,000-a-week.

Arsenal won’t have Europe to attract players next season. Their latest enquiry is likely to be an exercise to determine what level of player they can attract.

The City duo scored 14 goals apiece last season, with Sterling registering 12 assists and Mahrez grabbing nine.

Both players would improve Arsenal’s wide options and it’s easy to see why Arteta is keen on the pair.

Arsenal in for Sterling and Mahrez: Both players would be stellar signings

The chance to sign a pair of multiple title winners shouldn’t be sniffed at by Arsenal supporters.

Sterling did lose his way a little bit during periods of last season. Despite that, he’d still be a superb addition to Arteta’s ranks.

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Mahrez would perhaps provide a different type of forward. At 30 though, he wouldn’t provide Arsenal with a long-term solution to their issues.

England international Sterling is only 26 and he could have many years left playing at the top level.

Ian Wright recently called him ‘fantastic’ and he knows a thing or two about becoming a hit with the Arsenal faithful.

It seems unlikely that Arsenal would afford both players but either would throw up pretty solid signings as the Gunners aim to get back on track.

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