Journalist: New deal talks for Manchester City star 'not going great', reports say he could end up at Tottenham
Gabriele Marcotti has told ESPN that talks over a new deal for Raheem Sterling at Manchester City “aren’t going great”. England’s Euro 2020 hero has two years remaining on his current City deal. Sterling could end up at Tottenham, in a deal that could see Harry Kane go the other way.
Sterling, 26, took his tally to three goals in four games for England at Euro 2020 – having netted against Croatia and the Czech Republic. He tapped home a Luke Shaw cross before Harry Kane headed home a winner to beat Germany 2-0, progressing into the quarter-finals where they face Ukraine.
While his form at Euro 2020 has been excellent, his future is unclear. The Athletic state that Sterling is one of five Manchester City players on the table for Tottenham, in a deal for Kane. Marcotti says talks over a new City deal for Sterling are stuttering, suggests he should consider a Spurs move.
“The reality is he [Sterling] has two years left and he needs to think about his future. Negotiations aren’t going great,” Marcotti said. “If I’m Man City, I’d say, ‘you want £150m [for Kane], we can stick Sterling in there who is valued £60m-70m, you get cash and a guy who is a very good player’.”
Should Sterling consider Tottenham move – amid Marcotti comments?
He should consider it, but ultimately, he is still more than good enough to stay at Manchester City and start for Pep Guardiola’s side. Yes, he has two years left on his current £300,000-a-week salary (Spotrac). But Sterling is still only 26, and a leader at such a young age. He is crucial to City.
Riyad Mahrez is now 30 and Sterling is much more valuable to City than the Algeria skipper – given he is four years his junior. Sterling will know this. He needs to pursue a new deal at Manchester City right until the last moment. Indeed, time is on the side of both parties to get a deal done.
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