Manchester City want to extend Raheem Sterling’s contract amid the recent links to Arsenal, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Recent reports suggested Arsenal will strongly consider a move for Raheem Sterling this summer, if he doesn’t extend his Manchester City contract and the Gunners qualify for Champions League football.
But on that note, Fabrizio Romano reports that City are planning contract negotiations, with Pep Guardiola keen to keep the winger.
“For Raheem Sterling everything will depend on the contract: Manchester City would like to extend it as soon as possible,” Romano said.
“Pep Guardiola wants Sterling to stay – but the negotiations are still not easy. There will be a new direct contact this month.
“From my perspective, it makes sense that City could sell Jesus but keep Sterling.”
The Telegraph had reported that Arsenal will put Sterling under strong consideration for a transfer if they secure Champions League football.
Sterling currently only has a contract with Manchester City until 2023, and he’s stalling on a new deal until the end of the season.
That could offer Arsenal the opportunity to tempt the 27-year-old away before he re-signs, as City don’t want to let him leave for free.
Mikel Arteta obviously worked with Sterling at City, and he would be willing to make the England international a key member of his attack. Though other Premier League sides and European teams would provide competition for his signature.
Sterling is having another strong season with his current club, scoring 17 goals and assisting seven.
He’s now scored double figures in all competitions in every single season since 2013/14, reaching 20 goals in three of those seasons and 31 goals in his best campaign in 2019/20.