Raheem Sterling would be wise to pursue a move to Tottenham Hotspur in an exchange for Harry Kane this summer, according to ESPN reporter Gabrielle Marcotti.
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Kane’s future at Tottenham Hotspur remains ‘up in the air’ heading towards the 2021/22 league campaign, with it previously being reported by Sky Sports that he wants to leave the club this summer.
Manchester City are rumoured to be interested in a deal to sign the forward, who was on the scoresheet against Germany in England’s last-16 clash against arch rivals Germany at Wembley on Tuesday evening.
Sky Sports have revealed that Pep Guardiola’s side have made a bid of £100million for Kane’s services, with Manchester City also being reportedly willing to include players in any potential agreement, with Kane’s wages currently being at £200,000 per-week according to Salary Sport.
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Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN FC, ESPN reporter Gabrielle Marcotti felt that Raheem Sterling would be wise to consider a move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer as part of a player exchange deal that would see Kane head to Pep Guardiola’s side.
“The reality is he [Sterling] has two years left and he needs to think about his future. Negotiations aren’t going great.
“If I’m Man City, I’d say, ‘you want £150m [for Kane], we can stick Sterling in there who is valued £60m-70m, you get cash and a guy who is a very good player’.
“He didn’t have a very good season but I don’t think he should be annoyed by it [being used in exchange for Kane].
“He should be more annoyed if he doesn’t get the contract he wants and they sell him somewhere else.”
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It’s not a bad suggestion from Marcotti. Sterling wasn’t a regular in the Manchester City starting XI during the second-half of the 2020/21 campaign, with Phil Foden often starting ahead of him in Guardiola’s recent plans.
With two years remaining on his contract with the Premier League champions, Sterling will be facing a decision on his future after starting only 28 out of 38 top flight matches, and it would come as a surprise to see Manchester City risk letting him head into the final year of his contract with no new agreement in place.
It’s going to be an interesting few months ahead for Spurs as they look to finalise Kane’s future when he returns to them from international duty, but perhaps securing a younger star in Sterling could soften the blow if the Lilywhites’ talisman departs.
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