Arsenal have been linked with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling for quite a long time now.
The Telegraph claimed in May that the Gunners were ready to explore a potential move for the England international this summer.
And in November last year, Fabrizio Romano told The Arsenal Lounge that Mikel Arteta thought Sterling would be “perfect” for the Gunners.
“It’s true, Arsenal would love to have him,” he said. “Mikel Arteta is in love. He is convinced he would be perfect.”
Admittedly, links between Arsenal and Sterling haven’t really progressed beyond mere interest over the past few weeks.
And now, it looks as though the Gunners have missed out on the City star, with Chelsea now seemingly closing in.
Romano, taking to Twitter, claimed that the Citizens and the Blues should soon agree a final fee of around £45million.
Sterling reportedly ‘accepted Chelsea as future destination weeks ago’, and has agreed personal terms with the Blues.
Chelsea also put in the work to convince Sterling to join, added Romano.
Arsenal have done well in the transfer market so far this summer, landing their top target in Gabriel Jesus.
The Gunners have also bolstered their midfield with Fabio Vieira and added Matt Turner and Marquinhos to their ranks too.
However, a new senior winger continues to elude them, with Raphinha apparently set for either Chelsea or Barcelona.
Now, Sterling – whose contract expires next summer – will most likely be at Arsenal’s London rivals next season.
At the same time, there is still plenty of time left in the transfer window. So the Gunners will hopefully bolster their flanks soon enough.