Arsenal should keep close eye on Sterling’s contract situation at Manchester City

According to The Mirror, Manchester City are open to selling Raheem Sterling if he does not sign a new contract.

What’s the word?

The 23-year-old’s deal at the Etihad Stadium does not expire until June 2020, but there seems to be a standoff with regards to fresh terms.

The Mirror reports that Sterling planned to return to the negotiating table after the World Cup, hopeful that his performances for England would convince City that he deserves a bump on his £170,000-a-week salary.

Unfortunately for the former Liverpool star, he failed to set the globe alight during the Three Lions’ run to the semi-final.

The publication claims that City are waiting to restart talks with the winger, but they have decided that Sterling will be sold if he does not pen fresh terms.

This is, of course, at an early stage, but this situation should certainly peak the interest of Arsenal.

Why should the Gunners keep tabs?

It is no secret that Arsenal boss Unai Emery seems to be looking for a new winger this summer.

Sterling would certainly fit the criteria, and even if a move is unrealistic this summer, the North London outfit should earmark a future swoop for the talented star.

The ex-Liverpool star divided opinion during the World Cup in Russia, but he had his best season for City in the 2017-18 campaign by scoring 23 goals.

Sterling, who has netted 49 times in the Premier League during his career so far, would fit into Arsenal’s team and could potentially form a prolific attack alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette a frontline that wouldn’t have been as strong since the days of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

If Sterling was to move to the Emirates, he could end up pushing Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the right wing position.

The England international’s end product may be lacking at times, but he provides more skill and pace on the ball than Mkhitaryan.

Sterling grew up in North London following his move from Jamaica, so location would likely not be an issue if the winger moved.

At the moment, a deal with the Gunners is rather far-fetched but it is one that Emery should have in the back of his mind following these latest reports.