If Arsene Wenger does manage to complete the transfer of Raheem Sterling to Arsenal this summer, it will be against the wishes of his current club Liverpool who are still hoping to convince the young England international to sign a new contract and to continue his football development under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
But as it has been pointed out by various people, Sterling did leave his boyhood club QPR when a better offer from Liverpool came along so they cannot really expect him to show great loyalty. What goes around comes around and Wenger would have to ensure that we had a big release clause if he was to become a Gunner.
So why is the time right for Arsenal to go for him and why would we have any more joy than during the Luis Suarez saga? Well it looks increasingly like the player is determined to leave and may well force his way out according to former Liverpool executive Rick Parry, as revealed in a Daily Express report. So his club will have to accept this and try to get the best transfer fee possible for him this summer.
They certainly do not want to sell to a Premier League rival though, but if Sterling does not fancy a move abroad as is being reported, they may have little choice. So the news being reported by The Mirror that Man United have put in a transfer offer is great news for Arsenal because they would rather sell their star man to anyone but their hated rivals from Manchester.
Wenger might just find the Anfield club a lot more willing to listen to an offer right now. So will he make one?