Manchester City are ready to offer Raheem Sterling a new deal.
The England forward has two years left in his current contract, and is open to leaving the club, having found himself out of the team towards the end of the season, and with his relationship with pep Guardiola having become fractious.
However, City want to protect his value – which, after his strong Euros, has increased – and do not want to get to the situation where he runs down his contract and leaves for nothing in 2023.
They are mindful of what happened with Leroy Sané, who they refused to sell at the top of his market valuation, and were forced to accept a much less significant price from Bayern Munich heading into the final year.
At the same time, they would be willing to sell him if the right offer came along, and a big sale of a player like Sterling would help fund moves for transfer targets like Harry Kane and Jack Grealish.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.