Arsene Wenger's Gunners will not be acquiring the services of Raheem Sterling on deadline day, a respected journalist has confirmed.
According to James Cooper (as reported by the Sport Review), Sterling won't be swapping the Etihad for the Emirates anytime soon, despite the recent press rumblings.
The England international has been linked with a potential switch to the north London club as Manchester City look to recruit Alexis Sanchez.
The 22-year-old most recently netted the dramatic winner in Manchester City’s 2-1 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon before the winger was sent off.
Sterling moved to Manchester City in a £51m deal from Liverpool in the 2015 summer transfer window after impressing during his four seasons in the Reds team, and continued to do so whilst also playing in sky blue.
However, Sky Sports reporter Cooper poured cold water on the rumours that the talented youngster was on his way to Arsenal, in light of Sanchez's potential exit from the side.
“Whatever happens with Alexis Sanchez, one thing is certain, Raheem Sterling is remaining in Manchester. Sources are telling us that he won’t be part of any deal used to prise Sanchez away from Arsenal. That echoes what sources were telling me yesterday, that Manchester City are interested in a cash-only bid, they’re not interested in throwing players in.
“The interest in Sterling was probably coming from an Arsenal end rather than a Manchester City end.”