Arsenal could get themselves one of the fastest rising stars in the Premier League – but it might cost them a couple of their own.
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The Liverpool are reportedly willing to let the Arsenal acquire Raheem Sterling in a transfer, but the cost would be Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs.
According to ESPN FC, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would only be willing to part with his 20-year-old stud if Walcott and Gibbs are part of the arrangement.
Liverpool are coming off a rather disappointing end to their 2014-15 season in which they were outscored 9-2 in the final two matches of the season to close out the storied career of team captain Steven Gerrard. With serious depth needed – especially on defense – it’s understandable that the Reds will make any buyers pay them dearly to give up their rising star.
As for Arsenal, the Gunner are coming off a third place finish in the Premier League table and dominated Aston Villa 4-0 to win the FA Cup Final. But for Arsenal to even come close to toppling either Chelsea or Manchester City to win the Premier League, they’ll need a little more firepower – which Sterling can provide in abundance from a variety of positions. The question for them is whether they can afford to sacrifice the depth that a (presumably) healthy Walcott and Gibbs would provide.
Walcott and Gibbs combined for only 34 Premier League matches in the 2014-15 season, so it’s possible Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will bite the bullet and make a big offer for Sterling.