Raheem Sterling continues to be linked with a move away and the Mirror believe it’s Tottenham Hotspur that he’s going to. Sarah Rendell says the 26-year-old will be used as a makeweight to sign Harry Kane, but the likelihood of such a deal getting over the line is slim for a myriad reasons.
Tottenham can’t afford Sterling’s wage demands
The England international currently earns £15.6m-a-year/£300k-per-week at City which is more than every Tottenham player. Harry Kane is the highest-earner and takes home £10.4m-a-year/£200k-per-week, so it’s hard to see the North London outfit breaking their wage structure for Sterling.
Sterling won’t leave City for Spurs after impressing at the Euros
Even if Tottenham could agree terms over a deal, they’d struggle to convince Sterling back to the capital. He’s just won the Premier League and League Cup with City while reaching the Champions League final and impressing in the 2020 European Championships with England. He’d surely consider Tottenham a step down.
City still trying to extend Sterling’s contract
Sterling is contracted with City until 2023 and the Sky Blues are still trying to tie him down to a new deal, so there’s every chance he’ll be staying at the Etihad Stadium for at least another 12 months, regardless of will.
Sterling isn’t Kane’s positional replacement
There’s no doubt that Sterling would improve Tottenham’s attack, but he’s not a direct replacement for Kane. He’s an inside forward not a central striker that can playmake from deep, so Spurs would be forced into signing an actual replacement for the 27-year-old if he was sold.