Rio Ferdinand makes Raheem Sterling prediction amid Arsenal links
Rio Ferdinand has told his YouTube channel that he does not see Arsenal target Raheem Sterling at Manchester City next season should he remain on the periphery of Pep Guardiola’s plans.
What’s the story?
Sterling looks to be facing an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium. The 26-year-old has only made two starts in the Premier League so far this season.
He has also only started once in the Champions League. And according to the Daily Star, talks over a new contract are only moving slowly with Sterling wanting terms of £350,000-a-week.
That report from the Star noted that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has made Sterling one of his top targets for next summer.
The pair enjoyed a very good relationship while Arteta was with City. And it seems that he may be looking to capitalise if he becomes available.
Interestingly, when asked about Sterling’s future, Ferdinand predicted that he will leave if he continues to be used sparingly.
But he also played down the chances of a move to the Emirates, as he labelled Sterling a player in the £100 million bracket.
“I’ll say it now. If it continues like this for Raheem, Raheem won’t be there next season I don’t think,” he told his YouTube channel. “Because he can’t sit and afford to wait around. I don’t think he’s that type of guy. He’s a winner.
“Tottenham can’t get in the mix. Arsenal can’t get in the mix for a Sterling right now.”
Finances involved in potential Sterling bid do make Arsenal move seem unlikely
It is dangerous to rule anything out when it comes to the transfer window. And Arsenal will be helped by Sterling’s contract situation if they do make a move next summer.
But a move will still be incredibly difficult to pull off for the Gunners.
As Ferdinand notes by calling Sterling a £100 million player, he will cost a lot of money.
Meanwhile, his wage demands at City will rule most sides out of making a potential bid. Even if he lowers those demands, plenty of clubs would have to be prepared to break the bank to land his signature.
Despite Ferdinand’s claim, it is surely not out of the question. But it would be no surprise if the retired defender was not the only one ruling Arsenal out of the running.
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