KEY POINTS

  • Raheeem Sterling's time at the Etihad Stadium could be coming to a close
  • Sterling continues to struggle under the watch of Pep Guardiola
  • Arsenal and Real Madrid need to cough up big money to land Sterling

Arsenal is expected to scour the market for new talent this summer, and one player on the Gunners’ radar is reportedly Raheem Sterling.

The 26-year-old has struggled as part of Manchester City this season with Pep Guardiola failing to connect with the midfielder.

Sterling made a surprise start for the Sky Blues in the UEFA Champions League finals, but the move did prove costly for Guardiola.

This season, the English footballer has accounted for 10 goals and seven assists although it seems pretty clear that he is an odd man in the mix that could lead to an Etihad Stadium exit.

But what Sterling has failed to do with Manchester City could be different with Arsenal. The Gunners need someone who can help boost their campaign in Europe after a forgettable season.

If Sterling does make the move to the Emirates Stadium, he is expected to take on a bigger and important role under the watch of Mikel Arteta.

"I might be wrong, but reading between the lines and the media that's being released, I think they'd be prepared to let him go,” former Manchester City star Trevor Sinclair said on TalkSPORT Breakfast.

Sinclair added that there are little to no rumors on whether the Sky Blues are prepared to part ways with Sterling.

However, it does not mean clubs will not try to explore options and possibly try to pull off a deal to draw the English midfielder.

"He has proved to all the fans he is a top player, so I think he needs a fresh challenge and I think it would coincide with the club's model," Sinclair stated.

Raheem Sterling found the net as Manchester City beat Southampton Raheem Sterling found the net as Manchester City beat Southampton Photo: POOL / Naomi Baker

Interest in Sterling is no limited to Arsenal. Real Madrid is another team linked to the Englishman.

Eden Hazard has failed to live up to expectations, a reason why Los Blancos could listen to offers for the former Chelsea forward.

Should Hazard move out, such would pave the way for a Sterling entry.

However, that will still depend on the asking fee of the Sky Blues for Sterling. A ballpark figure that Manchester City could ask for is between $85 to $113 million, a huge price that could be too much for Real Madrid or even Arsenal to consider.