This seems like a huge development in the Raheem Sterling transfer saga…
ESPN are exclusively reporting that Liverpool insiders have alerted them that the club will be prepared to offload the unhappy Englishman to Arsenal, providing we get Theo Walcott and left-back Kieran Gibbs in return…
Sterling is flatly refusing to sign an extension on his contract which has two years to run, with his agent Aidy Ward recently claiming that the 20-year-old wouldn’t put pen to paper on a deal worth £900k-per-week (via Evening Standard).
ESPN recognise that we’ve repeatedly said the winger is not for sale under any circumstances, but are now attempting to manoeuvre a deal which actually benefits us.
Theo Walcott could be considered a direct replacement for Sterling, but also as a central striker option – with the 26-year-old scoring four goals in the final two Arsenal games of the season – one of which was the FA Cup Final thrashing of Aston Villa.
According to the report – we’ve already approached Arsenal about the sensational swap deal, but it’s not known whether it will suit the Gunners, or whether Arsene Wenger will bite.
No added fees are mentioned in the report.
Should we try and really milk Arsenal, asking for cash as well…? And is Gibbs a big improvement on current left-back Alberto Moreno?
This story begs a lot of questions, Reds.
Is it smart business, though?