Mikel Arteta plots Raheem Sterling transfer after Man City contract talks put on hold

Raheem Sterling could be sold by Man City this summer. Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City star Raheem Sterling in the summer transfer window.

Sterling showed his worth to City by scoring twice in the 5-0 win over Newcastle which sent Pep Guardiola’s side three points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Sunday. But he is about to enter the final year of his contract and is yet to make a decision on his long-term future with the club.

His contractual status has alerted Arsenal, who are in need of attacking reinforcements this summer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left for Barcelona in January, while both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are currently poised to leave the club when their contracts expire on July 1.

Mikel Arteta worked closely with Sterling when he was a coach at City under Guardiola, and The Telegraph claim he is behind the Gunners’ interest in the 27-year-old. Sterling is currently focused on helping City win the Premier League trophy but will have a decision to make at the end of the season.

Arsenal have won their last four games and are on course to finish in fourth place to earn a spot in next season’s Champions League. That factor, plus Arteta’s willingness to build his attack around Sterling, could prove tempting to the England international, who has been frustrated by a lack of game time at City this campaign.

Sterling has 16 goals and six assists in 45 appearances for City across all competitions this season but has regularly been left on the bench for big matches. City do not generally allow their players to run down contracts, so could be ready to cash in on Sterling this summer if he wants to leave.

Arsenal are unlikely to be the only suitors for a player who has 19 goals from 74 games for England and can play right across the front line. Sterling has been with City since a £49million move from Liverpool in July 2015. He has contributed 130 goals and 93 assists in 337 appearances for the club, helping to win three Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup.

Guardiola addressed Sterling’s contract situation earlier this year, suggesting he would have a say on any decision to let him leave. “In the future? I don’t know what will happen,” he said in February. “The club decides. When the club extends contracts, I give my opinion, but the club takes the decision, always.”

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