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Raheem Sterling stance revealed after intriguing link emerges with Italian giant

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Raheem Sterling could get an opportunity to join AC Milan if his contract stalemate with Manchester City does not show signs of changing, reports have claimed.

Sterling has been an influential player for Manchester City since joining them from Liverpool in 2015. He has scored more than 100 goals in the time since, getting his hands on nine trophies.

But he could be approaching the end of his time at the Etihad Stadium. His contract there expires in 2023 and TEAMtalk understands there has been little progress in terms of a renewal.

The winger has been of interest to Barcelona, who could fancy their chances of taking him if Manchester City do not want to lose him for free next year.

But they are not his only suitors, with Gazzetta Dello Sport now revealing that the England international could become a target for AC Milan.

The Serie A side are hoping to sign a new winger in the summer. They have a few options to consider, such as Real Madrid duo Isco and Marco Asensio.

But Milan may be offered the chance to sign Sterling by his representatives. If he was to make such a move, he would join up with fellow Englishman, Fikayo Tomori.

Tomori has thrived since leaving Chelsea for Milan, so there is a precedent for Sterling to follow. Milan’s need for a player of his style may make it a worthwhile switch.

However, they may still have to spend big to sign the 27-year-old, who cost City more than £50m when they signed him. Milan’s move would depend on whether a Bahrain-backed takeover of the club can go through.

Besides, the Daily Mirror have since provided clarity on the situation. They claim Raheem Sterling remains happy at Man City and there has been no contact yet between his representatives and Milan.

However, the Jamaican-born ace is waiting until the end of the season to decide his future. By then, he could have added another Premier League medal to his collection, but City remain in a battle with Liverpool for the title.

Both sides will need to fully focus on their on-pitch matters, requiring total commitment from their players. It seems Sterling is on board with such an idea, with City in contention for the Champions League too.

In the summer, he will listen to what City have to say about his future. There could be other offers for him to take into consideration too, but all that will have to wait.

READ MORE: Man City ‘open talks’ with £58m Arsenal target to provide Erling Haaland with perfect foil

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Arsenal target reveals he’s taking English classes – Dreaming of Europe move as club demand €25m

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Some Arsenal fans are certainly familiar with Palmeiras midfielder Danilo. The 21-year-old, who’s been standing out for the Brazilian club, was repeatedly linked to the Gunners over the past couple of months.

It turns out the player has now been called up by the national team, and that only raises his status. So as he now gave an interview to UOL, he talked about the plans he has for the future, which includes the English lessons he’s been taking.

“They told me: ‘You’ll have a good season and, when the time comes, you’ll leave. How are you going to talk, are you going to communicate with the coach? How is he going to talk to you, how will you understand?” And I thought and said: ‘Wow, that’s right’. Then I started studying it,” Danilo told UOL.

UOL recalls that Danilo faced Chelsea in the Club World Cup, and was able to take a picture with one of his idols, N’Golo Kante. Then the website writes that just like the Frenchman, the Palmeiras player seems destined for the Premier League, and that’s why it would be no surprise to see him practising his English in London, Liverpool or Manchester.

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It’s also said that even though Palmeiras would like to keep him, a sale wouldn’t be bad either. And to let him go, they demand a fee of at least €25m.

“Before going to Europe, you have to play your game, you have to play well for the current team,” he says. “I think that if I keep working well in my team, I think I’ll end up having more chances to fulfil my dream in Europe. Last year, everyone thought about it, but I ended up not leaving, and I’m still in my right mind, working well. And if it’s this season, let it be good for everyone. And if it’s not, I’m still happy and it doesn’t matter.”

Following the many reports regarding Arsenal’s interest in Danilo, the last was made a month ago. At the time, it was said his agent Giuliano Bertolucci was told by Palmeiras they’d only let him leave for €25m, and for now, the Gunners had not presented a bid for the player.

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Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea ready to cut losses with Timo Werner?

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Chelsea could look to move out-of-form Timo Werner on in the summer as the club look to make space for signings.

Upon completing his transfer from RB Leipzig in 2020, Timo Werner was touted as one of European football’s hottest properties.

Chelsea fought off interest from a host of clubs including Liverpool, with Jürgen Klopp cursing his luck at missing out on the German attacker amid the coronavirus pandemic.

After sealing the signing Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia described the acquisition as one that had “a rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven”.

And she had good reason to believe so. In the season prior to arriving at Stamford Bridge, Werner scored 28 goals and supplied eight assists in just 34 appearances at a rate of 1.16 goal involvements per 90 minutes in the Bundesliga.

In the two seasons following his switch, the 26-year-old has notched a total of ten goals and nine assists in 56 matches at a ratio of 0.44 goal involvements per game.

Taking this into account, Timo Werner is the most likely within a group of possible departees to make way and allow for new signings, football.london understands.

Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and academy product Callum Hudson-Odoi are among the names listed who may exit to create space for new additions to Thomas Tuchel’s forward line.

Tuchel hasn’t settled on his favoured attacking trifecta this season – more out of necessity rather than choice – with Mason Mount and Kai Havertz the only two that have provided somewhat of a consistent output.

Where could Chelsea’s Timo Werner end up?

While the aforesaid report fails to suggest a potential landing spot for Timo Werner, the rumours are leaning toward a return to his homeland.

Therefore, the options are likely narrowed down to three options: Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and potentially a reunion with former employers RB Leipzig.

Beginning with the former, Werner has got a pre-existing relationship with Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann from their time together at Leipzig.

Nagelsmann has alluded to the reasons why it hasn’t worked out for Werner at Chelsea before, suggesting being a cog in a machine as opposed to a star man may have impeded his impact.

This factor will be no different with the Bavarian giants and in conjunction with higher-ups at the club reportedly being divided on the signing, dampens the possibility of the move.

Dortmund are rumoured to be interested according to Goal, but the signing of RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi as a replacement for Erling Haaland may spell the end of this.

The report goes on to suggest that Werner’s salary may also be an issue for the Black and Yellows, who are known to run a tight ship financially.

Chelsea’s ownership still being up in the air under a month before the opening of the summer transfer window makes it increasingly difficult to predict their potential operations, in effect leaving the likes of Werner in limbo regarding his whereabouts next season.

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