Raheem Sterling and Manchester City “remain poles apart” in relation to his wages in a prospective new contract.
The 23-year-old enjoyed his best season to date, scoring 23 goals and earning 17 assists for the Premier League champions, and talks over a new deal have taken place.
Sky Sports report that Sterling’s representatives have met with City officials twice since the end of the season in a bid to hammer out a new contract. The parties though have been unable to “find common ground over the player’s wages”.
Sterling earns around £175,000 a week and has two years remaining on the five-year deal he signed at The Etihad when he joined from Liverpool for an initial £44million in 2015.
The report claims City are relaxed about the situation and are confident they will secure the future of the England man after the World Cup.
In January City agreed a new five-year deal with Kevin de Bruyne which is worth around £280,000 a week with bonuses, while David Silva penned a one-year extension in November worth a reported £150,000 a week.
Per the source, Sterling’s entourage believe the player should be paid similar to the club’s top earners and are willing to let Sterling focus on the World Cup before revisiting negotiations.
The terms of Sterling’s acrimonious transfer stated that Liverpool would be paid the £1million add-on if City were crowned champions.
The deal included £5million in total of performance-related add-ons.