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Report: Arsenal want 26-year-old from Manchester City

Mikel Arteta has made bringing Raheem Sterling to Arsenal a priority should the Manchester City star fail to agree a new contract by next summer, according to a report from the Daily Star.

What’s the story?

Sterling’s future at the Etihad Stadium remains in a little doubt. As noted by the Daily Star, his contract expires at the end of next season.

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Talks over a new deal are ongoing. However, the 26-year-old wants his wages to increase from £300,000-a-week to £350,000-a-week.

But his chances of securing those terms are not being helped by his lack of game-time for Pep Guardiola’s men this season.

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He has only made two starts in the Premier League. And he has not scored for City in any competition since the win over Norwich in August.

Arteta is monitoring this situation. He reportedly enjoyed a good relationship with Sterling during his time as Guardiola’s assistant.

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According to the report, he is now the Spaniard’s top target with Sterling aware that he is likely to be sold this summer should he not agree an extension.

Interestingly, the Daily Star labels Arsenal a ‘likely’ destination should Sterling be sold.

Sterling could be an incredible signing for Arsenal, but there is long way to go before Manchester City exit becomes likely

Sterling has been a divisive figure during his career. But on his day, there is no question that he is absolutely world-class.

He proved that for England at Euro 2020.

So if there is scope for a deal, it could be a fantastic piece of business for Arsenal.

His wage demands are clearly high. But his contract situation may mean that he is available at a more reasonable price.

However, there is a long way to go before next summer. And with that, City will still fancy their chances of agreeing fresh terms.

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