Manchester City fans will be holding their breath as the latest news emanating from the club is that Raheem Sterling and the Citizens have hit a stumbling block in the negotiations for a contract renewal for the winger.
Next summer the 23-year-old will enter the final year of the five-year deal he signed with City in the summer of 2015 after joining from Liverpool in a £44m deal, where he currently earns £170,00 a week. However, the England international is looking to become one of the club's highest earners, and is seeking a pay rise up to somewhere in the region of £220,000 a week.
Yet City officials and Sterling's camp appear to be some way off in those valuations, according to the Guardian. While both sides are prepared to be patient and work with another to sort out a deal, City and manager Pep Guardiola will be keenly aware that a talent like Sterling - who impressed at the World Cup and with his club last season (18 goals and added 15 assists in the league) - could be sold at a far cheaper price than his current worth should demand; if he does not put pen to paper on a new deal.
Speaking to this issue last week, Guardiola said: “it’s well-known we’re delighted with him and would like him to continue. My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it is the club and the agent.”
City and Raheem Sterling have hit an impasse in contract talks with the player entering the final year of his deal next summer. Talks have stalled with Sterling wanting a basic wage of at least £220,000-a-week. Both sides are willing to be patient to resolve the issue. [Guardian] pic.twitter.com/Wi35hkGepU— City Watch (@City_Watch) September 17, 2018
Sterling has carried on his blistering form from last season into the current campaign, having already notched three goals in four appearances for the reigning champions. While there is no rush to tie the electric winger down to a new deal, all will be aware that the clock is ticking.