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Raheem Sterling: Mikel Arteta put in place over Arsenal transfer links as agent maps out Chelsea future

Raheem-Sterling Chelsea August 2022

Mikel Arteta’s hopes of luring Raheem Sterling to Arsenal this summer have quickly been ruled out after the player’s agent made clear that his future very much remains at Chelsea.

The Blues have lavishly spent around £500m since Todd Boehly took charge at Stamford Bridge. In that time, 17 players have been brought into the Chelsea squad, leaving Graham Potter struggling to work out his best side.

As a consequence of the bloated numbers in his squad, Chelsea will need to severely reduce their squad this summer. And that will mean a number of their big-name stars being put up for sale as Boehly looks to claw back some of that expense.

In January, the Blues only really shifted Jorginho from their playing pool; the Italy midfielder moving across London to Arsenal.

But there may well be something of an exodus on the cards in the summer. And there is growing speculation that the likes of Conor Gallagher, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and potentially Mason Mount could move on.

However, they could be beaten out the exit door by a once-heralded Frank Lampard signing, who now looks set to move to Juventus.

Lately, though, there have also been doubts expressed over the future of Sterling.

The 28-year-old arrived in a £47.5m deal from Manchester City over the summer, ending a trophy-laden seven-year spell at the Etihad.

However, since moving to the Bridge, Sterling’s form has been up and down. He has six goals to his name and another three assists from 25 appearances so far.

As a result, reports lately suggest Arsenal boss Arteta is ready to try and lure Sterling to Arsenal this summer.

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However, Sterling’s agent, Kelly Hogarth, has quickly moved to deny reports that Sterling is looking to move on.

“False,” Hogarth said in response to claims Sterling was unhappy at Chelsea. “Sterling has expressed NO discontent with CFC & having committed his long-term future to the new ownership this summer, there is to be no review of his position in the upcoming transfer window.

“He very much looks forward to building upon the success of previous seasons.”

Sterling earns a reported £300,000 a week and is one of the club’s highest earners.

However, the forward is contracted to the Blues until summer 2027. As a result, it would take a huge offer for Chelsea to consider his sale.

And while every player has a price, it appears they are in no mood to allow the winger to leave.

He faces a battle for his shirt with new signings Mykhaylo Mudryk, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke, the Blues do seem content to keep the player.

While the transfer avenue with Arsenal has seemingly been closed down, Arteta does reportedly want further attacking reinforcements this summer.

To that end, Tuesday’s Euro Paper Talk suggested a mouth-watering double attacking approach was on the cards for the Gunners.