Tottenham Hotspur target Raheem Sterling would be ‘an exciting signing’ in upcoming summer transfer window, reporter says Pete O’Rourke.
The Antonio Conte charges have been linked to a move for the 27-year-old in recent weeks after he appeared to have slipped down the pecking order at Manchester City.
What’s the latest on Sterling?
According to The Telegraph, Spurs’ local rivals Arsenal are “open to exploring” a move for Sterling when the market reopens.
The England international’s current contract is set to expire in just over a year, but he has reportedly put talks on a new deal on hold in order to focus on defending his side’s title.
However, the Gunners aren’t the only party interested in Sterling, with CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs revealing to Football.London that Tottenham were in fact leading the charge.
“Sterling is interesting because I think the door is open for Sterling to leave Manchester City,” Jacobs said.
“I think there will almost be a North London Derby style chase for Sterling. From what I understand, if he left Manchester City, Tottenham are ahead of Arsenal in this particular pursuit.
What did O’Rourke say about Sterling?
It should be a breakthrough few months for Sterling, who will surely put pen to paper on fresh terms with City or leave the Etihad Stadium.
But O’Rourke doesn’t see the immensely talented star joining Spurs, revealing he would be “very surprised” if the capital club broke their wage structure for him.
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“It would be an exciting signing to make. I can’t see it happening myself. I would be very surprised if Spurs could come close to Raheem Sterling’s salary right now.
“I don’t think they’ll break their salary structure for this one; to bring Sterling to the club either.
Would Sterling be a good recruit?
Sterling, who is valued at £76.5m by Transfermarkt, has established himself as one of the Premier League’s best strikers throughout an illustrious career.
Former Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has previously described the winger as ‘unplayable’, and it’s not hard to see why.
In 338 appearances for City, Sterling had 131 goals and 94 appearances, winning three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and five League Cups along the way.
His potential partnership with compatriot Harry Kane, Son Heung-Min and Dejan Kulusevski is one that would surely scare off any defence, but whether he will be a Tottenham player next season remains to be seen.