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Domino effect: Mahrez’s arrival at the Etihad could push Sterling out of Manchester City

Domino effect: Mahrez’s arrival at the Etihad could push Sterling out of Manchester City

Manchester City won the Premier League last season with a record 100 points, so their lack of transfer activity is understandable.

Pep Guardiola’s squad is pretty much complete with only a tweak or two needed.

And with the addition of Riyad Mahrez, the Citizens have more than enough in their locker to retain their Premier League crown.

Mahrez will only improve what is already one of the best attacks in Europe, although the arrival of the Algerian winger may not please everyone at the Etihad.

None more so than Raheem Sterling, whose long-term future in the team has already come under question.

According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are considering selling Sterling next summer with the 23-year-old yet to agree a new deal with the club.

And the arrival of Mahrez will do Sterling no favours. The England international was impressive in Manchester City’s title-winning campaign, scoring 18 goals and assisting a further 11 for his team-mates.

But it is his spot that is in most danger with the signing of Mahrez.

£81m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Sterling has mainly operated from the right under Guardiola, which is Mahrez’s preferred position.

The Algeria international thrives there, being able to eventually cut in with his left foot and cause absolute mayhem once he arrives into more central areas on the pitch.

If Mahrez manages to transfer the form he showed last season and the campaign where Leicester City famously won the Premier League, then Sterling will find it hard getting into the team.

As well as Mahrez, there is also the skilful Bernardo Silva in the equation, making the potential task Sterling is currently facing an even more difficult one.

Sterling’s contract situation means there is uncertainty surrounding his future at the club, and Mahrez’s arrival has only complicated things for the former Liverpool winger.

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