Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all thought to be stepping up their chase of Raheem Sterling as the Manchester City man moves into the last 12 months of his contract at the Etihad.
The Englishman has fallen down the pecking order in Manchester, and with the likely improvement of Jack Grealish this summer, along with the arrival of striker pair Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, it is unclear what his future holds.
He started neither of the semi-final legs against Real Madrid, and started just 23 times in their Premier League title win.
Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City celebrate with the Premier League trophy after their side finished the season as Premier League champions during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images).
Chelsea are another club thought to be interested, but whether Manchester City would sell to an English rival is a different matter entirely.
Manchester City looking to strengthen elsewhere
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s side are not yet done in the transfer market themselves, with Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak telling the media that ‘there will be more players coming in this summer’.
Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak: “I can confirm that there will be more players coming in this summer”. 🔵 #MCFC
“We’ve in Haaland the best number 9 in the world – Julián Álvarez, one of the most talented strikers in South America… and there will be more signings”.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 30, 2022
Of those, two are expected to be a left-back and a central midfielder, with Marc Cucurella of Brighton and Leeds United general Kalvin Phillips two names atop their list.
On the other hand, more could depart too, with Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko both linked with moves away along with Sterling.