Raheem Sterling: Where Will He Go?

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There's a transfer circus surrounding Raheem Sterling at the moment. The 20-year-old Liverpool star has told management at the club that he would like to leave. Where will he go? Who should you put your money on as his next destination? We take a look at the chances of Sterling being at another club after the summer transfer window.

Manchester City

City are hot favorites to land Sterling on account of needing young English players for their squad, and having the money to pay him the salary he and his agent require, which amounts to more than £100,000 per week, or £5.2m per year.

City might not be the best destination for a player like Sterling, who at Liverpool is an automatic starter, but it would represent a step forward for the player in terms of joining a club playing Champions League football, with genuine title aspirations.

Odds: 7/4 with Bet365

Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is a renowned developer of young talent, and loves players like Sterling. The problem is, Wenger already has players like him - maybe even better than him. Sterling would be competing for his position with the likes of Santi Cazorla, Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez, and that makes the chances of him joining the club quite remote.

Arsenal also are not frontrunners for regular trophies, and would not readily break their wage structure for one player.
Odds: 5/1 with Bet365

Chelsea

Chelsea don't need Sterling - they already have the most generously-stocked squad of attacking midfielders in the Premier League. It would be interesting to compare the former QPR academy player with the personnel, such as Eden Hazard and Oscar, already on show at Stamford Bridge, but signing Sterling feels like overkill in this case.

Odds: 8/1 with Bet365

Bayern Munich

Sterling says he wants to win trophies: in this case, Bayern Munich, who have won the past two Bundesliga titles by huge margins, seem a perfect fit. English footballers generally do not embrace the opportunity to play abroad, fearing culture shock and the need, perhaps, to overcome a language barrier.

Pep Guardiola and the club's directors also operate a strict wage structure that would not fit in with Sterling's agent's demands. However, if he can compromise on this, then he could be a Champions League winner next season.

Odds: 23/5 with Betfair

Real Madrid

Real are rated as an outside bet to sign Sterling, but, if he wants to move outside England, it makes remarkable sense. Gareth Bale is already at the club and, if he does not leave in the summer, would be a useful friend for Sterling; Real play fast counter-attacking football that would take advantage of Sterling's quick feet and low center of gravity.

Every year in Madrid, a new superstar or Galactico arrives, under the policy of club president Florentino Perez. What might stop this transfer is the sheer weight of talent on show at Real, and the fact that the club do not seem more than lukewarm about the prospect of signing him, although this is an undervalued possibility with bookmakers.

Odds: 20/1 with Bet365

Paris Saint Germain

The chance to win Ligue 1 every season, play alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura, and to earn money playing for Europe's most generous wage-payer: all of these things would appeal to a 20 year-old coming to the end of his second full season in the Liverpool team.

That said, PSG have always struggled to attract the very top talent, with Spanish or German football seen as more competitive than Ligue 1, and PSG not having the top-level European heritage of, say, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich. That said, that final argument also applies to Manchester City, and there are many footballers who would rather live in Paris than Manchester.

Odds: 50/1 with Bet365

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