You will no doubt have heard by now about the Arsenal transfer rumours suggesting that there could be an exciting and interesting summer transfer deal between Liverpool and the Gunners, involving our England forward Theo Walcott heading to Anfield and his international team mate Raheem Sterling coming to north London.
With lots of talk in the football media surrounding Sterling and his contract situation, while Arsene Wenger seems unwilling to play Walcott, there could well be some truth to it all. It seems that a lot of Arsenal fans would be quite happy to have Sterling, but not so many are keen on losing Theo, so would the transfer swap reported by the Daily Star in which we give them £20 million and our player for theirs, represent a good deal for Arsenal?
If you accept Liverpool’s valuation of £50 million for the talented 20-year old it would mean that we would be getting £30 million for Walcott and with him about to enter the final year of his contract, that sounds pretty good to me. But I’m not sure that £50m is a fair price for Sterling, even though he has great promise and an extra year on his current contract. That is the sort of money you would expect to pay for a tried and tested world class player.
Despite his eye catching skills, Sterling is not there yet with one goal from 14 England games, 10 goals from 44 club games this season and 10 from 38 in the last campaign. I’m sure that he will improve with time and would learn a lot under Wenger, but I also worry that Walcott would prove a great signing for Liverpool.
So do you think we should do the swap? And if so, how much extra on top should Liverpool get?