Sterling and Man City contract talks fail to progressJuly 31, 2021
Man City continue to chase Harry Kane and Jack Grealish but talks over a contract extension for Raheem Sterling at the Etihad has so far fail to progress.
Manchester City’s £200m pursuit of Harry Kane and Jack Grealish has coincided with talks over Raheem Sterling’s new contract failing to progress.
Sources at the Etihad insist there is no panic over the England winger’s future because the 26-year-old still has two years left on his current deal.
But the plan was for Sterling to commit the peak years of his career to the club before the start of the new season.
After a summer in which he starred for his country at the Euros, his stock has never been higher.
Sterling is one of the club’s highest earners on £300,000-a-week and has been a key performer in the Blues winning three of the last four Premier League titles. Raheem Sterling’s contract talks have fail to progress .
But he struggled towards the end of last season and Pep Guardiola wants to increase his attacking armoury by adding Tottenham captain Kane and Aston Villa playmaker Grealish to his already formidable squad.
A bid understood to be just under £100million has been lodged for Grealish.
And although prising Kane away from Spurs is proving tough, the belief at the Etihad is that the striker’s determination to grasp a new challenge will weaken the London club’s resolve.
Sterling may be waiting to see how he fits into Guardiola’s new blueprint before signing a new deal. Harry Kane and Jack Grealish are Man City’s top targets .
City, however, are close to agreeing a new £175,000-a-week contract to secure John Stones’ future.
The England defender has been outstanding for both club and country for the last year when it seemed he was on his way out of the Etihad following Ruben Dias’ arrival.
But it has been Aymeric Laporte who has struggled to hold down a regular place in Guardiola’s team as Stones’ dramatic return to form saw him emerge as the preferred partner for Footballer of the Year Dias.
Stones, who has less than 12 months left on his current deal, has been given extra time off following the Euros and will miss Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Leicester at Wembley.