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Written by Martin Graham | 12 May 2022
Spanish transfer port Fichajes Manchester City Football Club have told Raheem Sterling he can leave the club after it was announced that Erling Haaland had signed.
Sterling has been an essential part of Guardiola’s squad since the Catalan took over at the federation. However, he wasn’t able to make the fans and the manager happy enough to keep him on the team roster quite often unlike Kevin De Bruyne and a few others.
The England striker attempted to leave the FA last summer and in the January transfer windows when City promoted the signing of Harry Kane as well as their £100m purchase of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. It was reported that he would prefer a move to Barcelona and the Catalan club is known to maintain an interest in the striker.
Nevertheless, he remained at the club and recently scored his 50th goal in front of the home team’s home fans in the Etihad to make him the second Manchester City player to achieve this feat after legendary striker Sergio Aguero (106).
But with the signings of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Julian Alvarez from River Plate, it is understood that the club opened the doors for his exit if he wanted to.
Sterling played 45 times this season for City and scored 16 goals while providing seven assists. The 27-year-old is also a target of Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Tottenham leads the signing of the pound sterling
Recent reports have also claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have also entered the race to sign Sterling, who is paid £300,000 a week at City.
Journalist Ben Jacobs made the allegations to an Arsenal website run by a fan Gooner Talk. Jacobs said: “Sterling is interesting because I think the door is open for Sterling to leave Manchester City. I think there will be an almost north London derby-style chase for Sterling, and from what I gather, if he leaves Manchester City, Spurs are ahead of Arsenal in that particular endeavor. .
“So if Sterling is going to join Arsenal, Edu and Arteta will have to move very quickly, but I think Sterling is very determined – although he will know Arteta well – to play under Conte as his next coach if he is to make a move.
“The reason for that is because Tottenham gave him guarantees on style and position. I think Tottenham Stadium is about ‘let’s get you back to doing what you do best’, which is scoring goals, and I think Arsenal are going to be ‘let’s take you back to what you did at the beginning of your career,’ “And he’s a very flexible and very versatile wide player that gets inside.”
But the 27-year-old is unlikely to move to a club in England after seven years at a club where he won nine titles.