The Gunners are in the market for a winger following an underwhelming campaign that saw them miss out on European football and have identified the England star as the man to propel them up the table.
However, the deal could reportedly scupper Manchester City’s desire to bring Harry Kane to the Etihad. The Premier League Champions had hoped to price Kane away from Tottenham in a player-plus-cash deal involving Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling.
But Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is said to be not very eager to match Sterling’s £300,000 a week wage demands and so is not keen on the winger.
As such, Arsenal have emerged as the favourites for the signature of the 26-year-old Man City striker who nearly signed for the club in the summer of 2010 while he was still in QPR’s youth team.
Mikel Arteta, who worked closely with the winger during his spell as City’s assistant coach, has sanctioned the move, and the club is willing to splash out on Sterling’s wages.
Sterling joined Man City from Liverpool in a £44m deal in the summer of 2015 and still has two years to run on his current deal. But the winger has gone down the pecking order following a difficult season in the club.
Despite scoring 15 goals in all competitions last season, the England man saw his game-time limited due to the emergence of Phil Foden in the City side.
Meanwhile, in another news, Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has confirmed that the Premier League champions will be active in the transfer market this summer.
He told the club’s official website;
“You need to constantly bring talent into the team, refresh and particularly when you are at a high level on the top,” he told the
“Having won the league, it is not the team to sit back and be content; that is the biggest mistake. This is the time to send a strong message that there is no contentment; you are not satisfied with just winning the league.
“We lose a very important legend in Sergio Agüero, very hard shoes to fill, but I am confident we will find the right player to fill those shoes. There are other areas in the team that need investment, not too many; it is not about numbers. It is about quality.
“The squad is a phenomenal squad, and you don’t win the Premier League and get to the Champions League final if you don’t have a good squad. We will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”