Four clubs that could rescue Sterling from Man City this summer
Raheem Sterling has undoubtedly been one of the star players at this year’s European Championship but he may not return to Manchester City to a hero’s welcome.
Prior to the international tournament, the England international had fallen out of favour in Pep Guardiola’s squad and it’s unlikely that some good performances at Euro 2020 will change the Spaniard’s preferences for next season.
As such, a report in the Athletic has recently suggested that the 26-year-old forward is open to the idea of moving clubs this summer.
But who could afford to buy Sterling ahead of the new season and which clubs be able to offer the England star a chance of redemption?
City may have ran out of love for Sterling, but the question remains over who could afford the winger’s wages. And, as is often the case with English stars, the 26-year-old talent may be limited to another Premier League club if he isn’t willing to take a pay cut.
According to numerous reports, the best placed English side to entice Sterling away from the Etihad this summer are Arsenal, who remain one of the richest clubs in the world despite their mid-table failings this season.
If the club can muster the budget to entice Sterling back to London, then the winger could make a smart signing indeed.
At the moment it seems unlikely that Paris Saint-Germain would be in the market for another wide forward, considering their current arsenal of talent, but that may change very quickly in the summer window.
If Kylian Mbappe refuses to sign a contract extension then the Ligue 1 giants may be forced to sell the French striker and quickly put together a succession plan to find another goalscorer that they can build their squad around.
While Sterling hasn’t enjoyed the best of seasons, he’s still a top player and shares a similar array of attributes to Mbappe. The City forward could be an ideal replacement for PSG’s cherished striker if he decides to move on.
While Liverpool may have two fantastic forward players in the form of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, neither are getting younger and fans are beginning to grow tired of either star being linked with a move to Spain or further afield every transfer window.
The Anfield side could deal with such concerns by simply bringing in another player to rival either star forwards and they could certainly do a lot worse than Sterling this summer.
Whether Man City would be willing to let the star move to a direct rival is one thing and whether Liverpool fans would be ready to welcome him back to the club he left in the first place to join Guardiola’s side is another, but on paper the Reds may be the perfect club for Sterling to refind his form.
If Mbappe were to leave PSG this summer it would likely be to join Real Madrid, so, conversely, it stands to reason that if the French star stays put then the Spanish giants may look elsewhere for another attacking star. That’s where Sterling could step in.
The Spanish side will undoubtedly need to clear out a lot of expensive dross this summer – i.e Eden Hazard – but if they can get their finances in order a move for Sterling may make financial and, most importantly, sporting sense.
He may not have the same star power as Mbappe or Erling Haaland, but at 26 Sterling could be a smart, long-term signing for the next Madrid manager to build his team around.