Manchester City have been linked to Raheem Sterling in the Express, Sky Sports think Chelsea want the youngster but similarly won’t pay £50m – while the Telegraph cite an Express story which claims Arsenal will submit an official bid this week…
So in short, the 20-year-old is a wanted man.
But if the Sky Sports report is to be believed and clubs are baulking at our £50m valuation, we might be able to take advantage of the situation and bolster our own squad with some sort of player plus cash deal – like this one involving Edin Dzeko mooted in Manchester Evening News.
We’ve chosen three players from each of the above clubs that we reckon should be considered if a swap deal involving the unhappy youngster does indeed take place…
Who would you prefer?
We badly need a forward, and although he struggled for game time last season (no disgrace behind Sergio Aguero…), Dzeko is top class. He’s 29-years-old so is still in his prime, and is a proven goalscorer. In all competitions in 2013/14 he notched 26 goals, and would significantly bolster our forward line either as a partner for Daniel Sturridge or a lone forward when our Englishman is unavailable injured. The Bosnian deserves the first-team football he’s sometimes denied at City, and could flourish if given the opportunity.
Another forward at City who doesn’t play enough because of the brilliance of the Argentine in front of him in the pecking order… Jovetic was restricted to 17 Premier League appearances last time out, and was ditched from City’s Champions League squad too. He’s mighty talented though, as his brace against us at the Etihad at the very start of the season proved. He can play either as a central striker or as a second forward, and like Dzeko, would improve our attacking options and potentially flourish with more minutes.
The rapid Spaniard provides much of what Sterling does. He’s not as good technically, but he’s arguably just as quick – and more disciplined defensively down either flank. Navas loves to bomb down the sides and whip in crosses, and we haven’t got a player in the squad with that capability, with Sterling, Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Jordon Ibe preferring to cut infield usually. Like Dzeko and Jovetic, Navas isn’t an automatic starter, so we can’t see why City would fight tooth and nail to keep him.