Arsenal interested as Man City put Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on sale –

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Arsenal interested as Man City put Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on sale – fr


Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez could be sold by Manchester City this summer (Picture: Getty)

Manchester City have reportedly placed Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on their ‘for sale’ list, which put Arsenal on red alert ahead of the summer transfer window.

Determined not to rest on their laurels, City head coach Pep Guardiola is already working on plans to build his next big team after leading the club to a third Premier League title in four years.

The newly crowned England champions can add a Champions League trophy to their national crown with a victory over Chelsea at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto this weekend.

Top-level attacking duo Sterling and Mahrez have scored 14 goals apiece in all competitions for City this season, but are deemed to be over-needed and could be offloaded at a fair price, according to the Daily Mail.

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The report suggests that Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has shown keen interest after working with the couple during his three-year tenure as Guardiola’s assistant at the Etihad.

However, Arsenal’s financial situation and their inability to offer European competition next season will likely be a major stumbling block in their attempts to sign either player.

It is claimed that Gabriel Jesus and Aymeric Laporte could be on the loose as well, with City willing to go out of their way to fund potential moves for Harry Kane, Erling Haaland and Jack Grealish.

La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona could join Arsenal in the race for England striker Sterling, who has struggled hard for consistent playing time in the second half of City’s campaign.

Arteta coached Sterling during his stint as Guardiola’s assistant (Photo: Getty)

Speaking to Rio Ferdinand for BT Sport ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final, Guardiola said he is already sweating for next season given the fierce and unpredictable nature of the Premier League.

“In England, when you talk about ‘dynasties’ it’s a big mistake,” said the Spaniard.

“I remember when Liverpool destroyed the Premier League last season everyone said it would be a dynasty or four or five years at Liverpool.

“In other countries you say, ‘Ah, maybe! “. But in this country [it’s unpredictable] and I love that.

“I like the fact that nothing is taken for granted and we know that this summer we are going to enjoy the Premier League and hopefully the Champions League.

“But in two or three weeks, I’ll be like, ‘Oh my god, next season. Liverpool and United are coming back stronger every season and Arsenal take a step forward and they invest and Chelsea… ”’

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