Tenuous reports are suggesting Raheem Sterling could be about to reject a whopping £180,000 a week at Liverpool, as uncertainty continues to surround his Reds future.
It’s important to stress that these rumours emerging are far from the most credible. Not one Liverpool-based journalist- Chris Bascombe, James Pearce et al- has reported this, and you have to question whether certain people are trying to unsettle Sterling.
Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail is one who has not always had the nicest things to say about Liverpool, and he claims that their star 20-year-old is about to say no to £180,000 a week.
If true, the deal would be one of the most lucrative for a player in Reds history, but it is claimed Sterling will reject it because of concerns over his use as a wing-back.
The English starlet reportedly, and correctly, believes he is at his best in a front three, and his impressive performance in that role for England against Lithuania on Friday proved that somewhat.
Meanwhile, John Cross of the Mirror reports that Arsenal are waiting in the wings should Sterling’s contract talks on Merseyside fall through. Cross is an Arsenal fan through and through though, which certainly makes you question the validity of the rumours.
He claims that the Gunners have joined the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in showing a genuine interest in Sterling, and also mentioned the possibility of Theo Walcott moving to Liverpool as a replacement.
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group made it abundantly clear that they would not sell Luis Suarez to Arsenal in the summer of 2013, so why would they be any different with one of their latest prized assets?
It’s fair to say we are all growing a little concerned by the constant rumours surrounding Sterling’s future, but these latest reports should not be taken too seriously.