Manchester City have recently been linked with Leeds United winger Rafinha and if he arrives at the Etihad this summer, that would be bad news for Rahim Stirling in terms of the future under Pep Guardiola.
According to the Italian football journalist Gianluigi Lonchari, City have joined the Brazilian’s signing race this summer, with Manchester United and Liverpool also wanting to reward him away from Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
The former Stade Rennais man has enjoyed a superb debut campaign with the Elland Road crew, contributing six goals and six assists in 26 Premier League appearances, averaging an excellent 7.17 rating for his performances.
While he only recovered during the season, the same cannot be said for Sterling, who quickly fell after a bright start.
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So much so that the Spanish manager is ready to sell the English national this summer to raise funds, and if Rafinha arrives, then he may be forced to go to the Etihad.
After a great run of form in January and February, where he scored five goals and two assists in just seven games, his form fell off a goalless scale and only one assist in 11 appearances for City since then.
Given that the 26-year-old is one of City’s biggest incomes, it is reported that he collects 300 thousand pounds a week and maybe he lags behind people like Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva, Riyadh Mahrez and Ferran Torres in pecking order in City at the moment, maybe Guardiola should look to continue it.
Of course, with the number of wings already available to the Spanish manager, if Rafinha arrives in City this summer, it would certainly mean that one is leaving, and Sterling seems to be the most likely candidate at the moment.
Rafinha is one of the brightest lights of Leeds’ impressive season this season and looks set to pursue a career at the top, with Noel Whelan calling him “sensational” earlier in the season after his first Premier League goal against Everton.
Therefore, City sporting director Txiki Begiristain should definitely consider bringing Raphina to the Etihad, even if it means ending Sterling’s City’s career.
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