Raheem Sterling has begun contract talks with Manchester City amid reports Arsenal are interested in signing him.

Raheem Sterling left and Riyad Mahrez pose with the trophy after the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021.
Raheem Sterling left and Riyad Mahrez pose with the trophy after the Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester. Picture date: Sunday May 23, 2021.

Back in May, it was reported that Mikel Arteta was apparently interested in bringing Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to Arsenal this summer with Manchester City willing to sell both players.

Both Manchester City men are players that Arsenal were linked with before they signed with City, with Mahrez even saying a move to Arsenal from Leicester was blocked.

Arsenal said to be interested in Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez - Daily Mail, 29 May 2021
Arsenal said to be interested in Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez – Daily Mail, 29 May 2021

While noise around Mahrez has died down, Sterling speculation has continued.

Sterling, 26, has two years left on his current City contract and is valued at around £80m which was always going to be a stumbling block for Arsenal and I’m not sure anyone really took their reported interest that seriously.

Despite being up for sale before the Euros this summer, his performance at the tournament has apparently made Manchester City rethink a few things and they are now going to discuss a new contract with Sterling.

Of course, as we’ve seen at Arsenal this summer, that doesn’t mean Sterling is no longer for sale, but whatever happens, I’d be absolutely floored if he was to rock up at Arsenal.

Tottenham are also said to be keen on signing Sterling.

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