Manchester City want new blood. This summer, the residents of the Etihad Stadium are still planning to splurge on the transfer window. The Mancunian club offered 116 M € to dislodge Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. And it is exactly the same sum that was offered last Monday in Tottenham to let go of Harry Kane. Ready to make big investments, the Citizens, who want to strengthen in attack after the departure of Sergio Agüero, must manage the Raheem Sterling file.
An element whose future is played out behind the scenes. On May 29, the day of the Champions League final lost to Chelsea, the English press revealed that the Englishman had been placed on the transfer list with Riyad Mahrez. But for the Algerian, much appreciated by Pep Guardiola, the door would only open in the event of a good offer. In contrast, Sterling was identified as a player to be sacrificed. Sacrifice, because the money recovered with its transfer would facilitate other operations.
A trend that was confirmed in mid-June. Mundo Deportivo explained that the City coach had passed on to Joan Laporta, Barca’s president, a list of seven players he no longer relied on. Besides João Cancelo or Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling was also mentioned. A surprising position on the part of the Skyblues since shortly before, at the end of May, discussions around a contract extension of the former Liverpool player were continuing according to the Telegraph.
City’s double play does not pass
Linked to Manchester City until 2023, the Kingston native was even open to the idea of backing up. This, while coming out of a frustrating season personally since it was less used by the Mancuniens (49 matches in all competitions including 41 as a starter, 14 goals and 10 assists). But according to the latest echoes from England, Sterling has changed position. It all started when his club wanted to include him as a bargaining chip in Operation Kane. What the 26-year-old footballer categorically refuses.
The Daily Mirror adds this Monday that he is very angry with his club, which plays a rather confusing double play. On the one hand, City are discussing overtime and on the other hand the British team are sacrificing it. This is how Raheem Sterling, focused on the Euro (2 goals), decided to slow down the discussions to extend. A situation that several clubs (Arsenal, Real Madrid) are following closely. And with the Spurs closing the door for Harry Kane, the Skyblues could well burn their wings and lose across the board.