Manchester City Transfer News: There have been rumours that Raheem Sterling will be allowed to leave Manchester City this summer. However, the Cityzens are not looking to sign anyone else as they think they have a replacement waiting in the wings.
When it comes to Pep Guardiola’s team, Sterling was not a regular starter last season. The former Liverpool player wants to play regular football in order to start for England at the World Cup. City has already signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez for the summer.
Top European teams are reportedly interested in signing Sterling now that he might be available. Chelsea and Real Madrid are mentioned as prospective suitors. According to The Times, Guardiola is not hesitant about letting Sterling leave the club. The Spaniard is looking to give more chances to Cole Plamer.
The City personnel is reportedly “amazed with his improvement” and the academy graduate is “impressing them.” Palmer is a right-winger, so if Sterling leaves, some might view him as a direct successor.
Manchester City Transfer News: Arsenal and Chelsea want Sterling
Arsenal is another team that wants to add Sterling to its forward lineup. However, the England international is not keen to move to Emirates. Sterling wants to play in the Champions League next season which Arsenal can’t afford.
The Gunners lost their lead over Tottenham as the season came to a close. Mikel Arteta’s side choked at the worst time possible to miss out on a top-4 finish.
Gabriel Jesus will probably be snatched up from the Etihad Stadium by the Gunners rather than Sterling. The key reason is that Sterling is only willing to leave City if he can play in the Champions League next season.
This summer, the Brazilian international has been strongly connected with Arsenal. The Gunners see the forward as a potential long-term no. 9 option.
What does the report say?
Palmer is reportedly planning to practice with City’s first squad rather than going on loan during the upcoming season. The winger is taking the “Phil Foden route,” according to the Manchester Evening News.
Despite Guardiola’s apparent reluctance to regularly throw the England U-21 international into the deep end, the player is likely to progressively become more and more significant over the upcoming seasons.
Palmer is poised for a major future at the club and was rewarded for his efforts last summer with a contract extension until 2026. Sterling, of course, will be a huge loss for City. However, if Palmer keeps moving up the ranks and impressing key individuals along the way, he is bound for a great future.
Steve McManaman, a former star for Liverpool, thinks that the player would profit from a transfer to Chelsea and that Sterling won’t be a big loss for the Premier League champions.