Transfer Balls: underpaid Sterling wants Arsenal or Chelsea move – and so does his agent
Is Raheem Sterling leaving Liverpool? Is he going to play for Arsenal. Is he a greedy sh*t or a footballer who knows his worth? Questions abound on the matter of former QPR player Raheem Sterling. And the tabloids lead with the news.
The Sun says Sterling is worth £50m. The paper says he could be on his way to Chelsea. Or Arsenal. Or Manchester City. The Sun says the “race” is on to sign Sterling. It’s race doped with money.
The Daily Mail also leads with news that Chelsea are in the “race” to sign Sterling.
Is it? But Brendan Rodgers says Sterling should be”honoured” to play for Liverpool, adding that the player has two and a half years to run on his current deal and is going nowhere.
The Star leads with “YOU WON’T KOP A MOVE – Rodgers tells Sterling he’s staying put.”
“HANDS OFF,” declares the Mirror, “Kops get tough as the fans get angry.” Sterling is the subject of an “Anfield backlash”.
Jim Broadman notes that Sterling is on £35,000 a week. Given that Liverpool spent £17.5m and £120-000-a-week to sign and secure the services of the then 24-year-old Glen Johnson, fans might see things from Sterling’s viewpoint. Oh, and Mario Balotelli earns £110,000-a-week at Anfield.
Sterling is being underpaid at Liverpool, who should have given him more when he secured his last contract.
You might see the hand of Sterling’s agent in this mess. Talking to the BBC without his club’s permission or knowledge was crass. Sterling owes his employers more than that.
But his agent doesn’t owe them anything.
That agent is Aidy Ward. Tony Barrett tells Times readers that Ward hopes to lead Sterling out the Shankley Gates to a team that will compete better than Liverpool for the game’s top prizes. In placing contract talks on hold, refusing to accept Liverpool’s off of £100,000-a-week, Ward and Sterling can see how the season progresses before making any decision.
Tomorrow’s match with Arsenal has the look of a Sterling decider…