Manchester City favourites to land Sterling on a £150,000-per-week deal, although Liverpool yet to receive formal bid
Bet365 are one of several bookmakers to offer odds on Raheem Sterling’s club next season, with Manchester City the slight favourite at odds of 7/4.
It appears that the Abu Dhabi United Group are keen to bolster their quota of British players at the Etihad Stadium, with a £150,000-per-week deal likely to put them in the running for Sterling’s signature.
While there have been reports that Manchester United could also lodge a bid, it appears that Chelsea and Arsenal are the other clubs chasing down the England winger, with both able to offer Champions League football also.
Raheem Sterling next club odds after Summer Transfer Window
Manchester City 7/4
As you can see, Liverpool are second favourites in this market and there is no certainty that Sterling will be playing anywhere this summer.
Brendan Rodgers has experience of dealing with wantaway players after Luis Suarez tried to force a move away from Anfield two seasons ago, although Liverpool FC were able to keep him at the club for a further twelve months before selling the forward to Barcelona.
It appears that Liverpool might try and keep Sterling for one more year before selling him next summer. This will mean they can still command a big transfer fee for the player but also utilise his services while he remains on £35,000-per-week.
Sterling’s agent Aidy Ward has been aggressive in his dealings with Liverpool FC thus far and claims that no new contract will be signed by his client.
“I don’t care about the PR of the club and the club situation,” Ward told the newspaper. “I don’t care. He is definitely not signing. He’s not signing for £700,000, £800,000, £900,000 a week. He is not signing. My job is to make sure I do the best with them [my clients]. If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it, does not matter.
“Carragher is a knob,” he allegedly said. “Everybody knows it. Any of the criticism from current pundits or ex-Liverpool players – none of those things matter to me. It is not relevant. I am not worried. Worried is making a decision not knowing what is going to happen. Every Premier League club will make a bid for him.”
Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson actually sympathises with Raheem Sterling, with the former Liverpool manager claiming that a lack of experience has led to this situation.
“I worry for all these young players, to be honest,” Hodgson said. “They become stars very quickly and we should never forget we’re dealing with very young people. They burst on the scene at a young age, and at 19 they are bona fide internationals with tens of caps and coming up to 100 league games, but we cannot given them the experience of a Wayne Rooney or Steven Gerrard. Unfortunately we can’t put another seven or eight years’ experience of life on his shoulders.
“I hope that people don’t judge him too harshly, whatever he happens to do, because as a player and a character I find him spot-on. I trust him implicitly. I think he’s a very important player. And I really do sympathise with these players who have to live their lives under scrutiny – sometimes of their making, sometimes of other people’s making.”