The Daily Mail has claimed that Manchester City are preparing ‘a new mega-money deal’ for Raheem Sterling. The club aim to avert the ‘admiring glances’ that have been made by ‘Europe’s top clubs – including Real Madrid and Barcelona’.
This has been prompted by Sterling’s strong start to the season which has seen him score 14 goals in 17 appearances. The winger, who netted a hattrick against Atalanta in the Champions League, recently won the Etihad Player of the Month for October. His present deal runs until 2023 and is allegedly worth £300,000 per week.
However, with the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid now said to be eyeing up a potential move for Sterling in the summer, Manchester City are under pressure to reward the England star’s efforts with an improved contract.
The Daily Mail emphasises that Sterling’s value to City runs deeper than just his contributions on the field. Off-the-pitch, he has established himself as ‘one of the most marketable and recognisable footballers on the planet’. His vocal commitment to challenging racism has won him plaudits across the country.
City may well be plotting to persuade Sterling to reaffirm his commitment to the Premier League champions. Following the club’s announcement on Tuesday of record revenues reaching £535m, the funds are there to bond Sterling closer to the club in order to send a message to any potential admirers abroad.
How much truth there is to the report remains to be seen. It is an inevitable consequence of Sterling’s phenomenal development under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage that the press will speculate about the likes of Real Madrid considering an approach. Sterling only signed a new deal last year, and Manchester City will probably be more relaxed about the need to secure a fresh agreement than the Daily Mail implies.
With the club’s finances stronger than ever, there is no reason to worry about the potential exit of Sterling or any other player against City’s will in the summer.
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