Another one that has his contract expiring next in the summer of 2023, and has asked for time to get his personal affairs in order after City attempted to open talks over a year ago. Since the talks stalled, Sterling hasn’t been a mainstay in the starting eleven despite winning the Premier League player of the month in December for his consistent performances.
His relaxed celebrations upon winning the Premier League could indicate that his mind has been made up with him waiting on elite clubs to make their move.
It has been no secret that the London-born star has harboured a dream of playing on the continent with Barcelona and Real Madrid both linked in recent years. Financial situations at the two clubs will likely favour that approach should they want to add him to their roster and prepared to wait.
Transfer rumours regarding the English forward have been persistently quiet since the start of the year with the latest claiming the individual is willing to run down his contract to allow a greater choice of options.
Chelsea has been linked following Todd Boehly’s ownership as he and Thomas Tuchel look to start with a rebuild of the club. Sterling will be a big acquisition given his winning mentality, importance in the national team and attacking threat potentially aiding the West London club’s title chances.
A big transfer fee and personal terms will dictate Sterling’s destination as it looks like his heart is set on moving to Spain or Italy.
Rating: I feel that Sterling is too much of an important player to not go for a cheap price despite him having only one year of his contract. There is no guarantee that Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez or Jack Grealish will hit the ground running and City will need an experienced Premier League finisher in their ranks.
A bid of £60million plus will likely entice the club to let go of the striker, who has scored over 130 goals for the club. Chelsea seem the most likely to do that under the Boehly revolution.
Likely destination come September: Manchester City