'They just can’t compete': Journalist says Arsenal simply cannot afford Raheem Sterling's wages this summer
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'They just can’t compete': Journalist says Arsenal simply cannot afford Raheem Sterling's wages this summer

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Dean Jones has just claimed that Arsenal simply cannot afford Raheem Sterling’s wages this summer.

Surprising rumours over the last few months have claimed that the Gunners are keen to sign the England international, who will enter the final year of his contract at Manchester City tonight.

It is very likely that Sterling will follow Gabriel Jesus out of Manchester City, but unlike the Brazilian who is reportedly on his way to Arsenal, the Englishman is set for a move to Chelsea.

Arsenal are expected to make some big moves in this window, but Jones believes Sterling is just out of their reach this summer.

Arsenal cannot afford Raheem Sterling’s wages

After Chelsea leapfrogged the Gunners in the race to sign Raphinha, the ideal revenge for Arsenal would be to snatch one of the Blues’ top targets.

Sadly for Mikel Arteta and Edu, they will not be able to sign Sterling because of the astronomical wages he’s set to demand.

Jones told GiveMeSport: “There have been whispers of Arsenal going for Sterling but there is very little chance of them jumping in on that deal to revenge at Chelsea for bidding on Raphinha.

“The main issue, away from the level they’re at, is the wages. I’m told they just can’t compete at his pay level.”

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Arsenal were right to target Raphinha this summer, and the Brazilian really is a fantastic player.

Missing out on him to Chelsea would be a shame, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense for the Gunners to break the bank on Sterling – just for ‘revenge’.

The Metro reported back in May that Sterling is demanding a mammoth £300,000-a-week wages. That’s comfortably higher than Arsenal’s highest-paid player – Thomas Partey – who pockets £200,000-a-week.

It’s no surprise that Arsenal can’t afford Sterling this summer, but even if they can, they probably shouldn’t break their bank to sign him as there are other options available on the market.

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