Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no interest in selling England international Raheem Sterling this summer, amid recent reports linking him with a surprise switch to Arsenal.
Last weekend, reports in the national media claimed that Arsenal were going to launch a sensational double swoop for City duo Riyad Mahrez and Sterling this summer, despite the club being in need of selling players just to raise funds to bring in fresh blood.
The report claimed that City are ready to offload the pair this summer, despite their importance to Guardiola’s plans at the Etihad Stadium.
It was claimed that Sterling, who will be hoping to star for England at Euro 2020 this summer, would be available if the right offer was put forward.
However, that now seems unlikely given that Guardiola reportedly has no interest in selling the City winger.
According to Italian football journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Guardiola does not want to lose Sterling, although he insists a decision needs to be made about his long-term City future this summer.
Speaking on The Arsenal Lounge, Romano said: “At the moment, Guardiola is still in the position that he wants to keep Raheem Sterling, but he is out of contract in two years, so they need to decide this summer if to close the negotiation over a new contract or not.”
Although Guardiola has never had any intentions of letting Sterling go, contrary to reports in the national media in the past week, Arsenal were never likely to be able to match City’s valuation, meaning any move was a none-starter.
However, signing a creative player that can add goals to the team is a must for the Gunners this summer, especially now that Martin Odegaard has returned to Real Madrid following his loan spell in north London.
Should they be unable to lure Odegaard back to the club, either on loan once again or on a permanent deal, Arsenal hoped that they would be able to turn to Norwich City ace Emiliano Buendia.
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However, the Gunners’ hopes of that happening now appear over after Aston Villa struck an agreement with Norwich to secure his signature yesterday.
Villa have agreed a £38million fee with the Canaries, as well as the Argentine passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
The Gunners will now be forced to look elsewhere in their hopes of landing a new creative influx, although they are yet to give hope of bringing Odegaard back to the club.