Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is said to be ‘angry’ at being offered to Tottenham Hotspur, as part of a potential deal for fellow countryman Harry Kane.
Sterling has been a key man under Pep Guardiola since his controversial £50m move from Liverpool back in 2015, having netted 114 times in all competitions, but endured a somewhat frustrating campaign last time out as he saw his game time heavily reduced.
Following the rise of international colleague Phil Foden, the 26-year-old found himself restricted to the substitutes’ bench for a large chunk of the most recent campaign, albeit while still earning a surprise inclusion in the starting lineup for Man City‘s eventual Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.
Despite that lack of minutes, Sterling had appeared ready to commit his future to the club regardless, with his current £300,000-a-week deal set to expire in June 2023.
However, that situation now appears to have changed with the Sunday Mirror reporting that Sterling is ‘angry’ at being used as a possible makeweight in City’s bid to sign Spurs’ striker, Harry Kane.
The report suggests that the Premier League title winners have included Sterling as one of a handful of players who they would be willing to offer in a part-exchange deal for Kane.
Sterling had previously been ‘open’ to renewing his contract, although recent events have seemingly altered his thinking, as it appears City are simply seeking to protect his value by offering a new deal, rather than as a marker of his importance to the club.
The England international is currently looking to help the Three Lions to European Championship success and has made a fine start to the tournament, having netted both of his country’s goals thus far.
The same can’t be said for England teammate Kane, who has looked distinctly off the pace in the early stages of the competition, with the suggestion that the uncertainty around his future is having an impact on his displays, albeit with the player himself dismissing such claims.
City are also said to have their eye on another Englishman this summer, reports in recent days suggesting that Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish has been the subject of a £100m bid from the champions, a deal that could hasten the departure of Sterling as the club look to raise funds.