Manchester City have failed to make a breakthrough in contract talks with Raheem Sterling after another round of talks, The Guardian reports.
While Txiki Begiristain has successfully gotten big names Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus and Ederson to pen new terms, Sterling is proving more difficult to convince with wages being the sticking point.
Sterling is happy at City but is looking for a massive pay rise, with The Guardian reporting he wants a basic of at least £225,000-a-week which would be topped up further by bonuses and incentives. He currently earns around £170,000-a-week, but he wants to become one of the club’s best-paid players with his next deal.
City appear unwilling to meet his demands, leading to an impasse with talks stalling, but both sides are willing to be patient in order to find an agreement with ‘Raz’ eager to continue working with Pep Guardiola.
The 23-year-old will enter the final year of his contract next summer and City could be forced into selling Raheem below his market value if no compromise is reached by then.
Guardiola has made it clear that he wants Sterling to stick around, with the England winger becoming one of the most productive member of the City squad with his goals and assists.
“It’s well-known we’re delighted with him and would like him to continue,” Guardiola said on Friday. “My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it is the club and the agent.”
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