Cesc Fabregas makes claim about Arsenal target Raheem Sterling
It was reported by The Sun last month that Arsenal are leading the race to sign Raheem Sterling amid doubts over his Manchester City future.
The Gunners have been linked with a number of exciting moves in this window. But landing Sterling would surely be the biggest statement of the lot.
Of course, a move looks hard to imagine. As noted by The Sun, the 26-year-old is currently on £300,000-a-week.
Arsenal meanwhile, are unable to offer Champions League football immediately.
Sterling has also enjoyed an amazing Euro 2020 so far. So if City are open to selling, his asking price has surely gone up since the start of the summer.
And it is because of his Euro 2020 form – he has scored three of England’s four goals – that former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has now made an interesting comparison between Sterling and a former Gunner.
“I must admit that, like a lot of people, Sterling was not in my England team that I was asked to name at the start of the tournament,” he told The Telegraph.
“He did not have his best season at Manchester City, but Sterling is proving that he is one of those players who can put his form at his club to one side and keep producing for his national team.
“Lukas Podolski could be a little bit like that. He would not be in the Arsenal team or maybe going through a quiet period for his club, but then he would go to the national team and be a very important player for Germany.”
Do Arsenal have a genuine chance of landing Raheem Sterling?
While Fabregas has compared a reported Arsenal target with a former Gunners forward, it is hard to say that it is the kind of comments that will excite the Emirates fanbase.
Podolski did not have the best spell in North London. And Sterling did come in for criticism at times last season.
So if anything, Fabregas’ comments perhaps act as a warning to Arsenal. They must not get carried away by his performances for England.
Sterling is clearly a world-class player. However, his wages are eye-watering. And the fee probably required to sign him is unlikely to be much easier to stomach.
Whether he would live up to those fees is doubtful. It would perhaps therefore, be a gamble for Arsenal to break the bank.
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