Raheem Sterling and Theo Walcott’s futures both seem uncertain at their current clubs. Could a switch be the best solution?
On the face of it, swapping a youngster with huge potential like Sterling seems a silly move by Liverpool, but there’s no point keeping an unhappy player and with some cash and Walcott in the deal, isn’t that a good deal for Liverpool as well as Arsenal?
Sterling could be allowed to leave this summer if he does not agree a new deal. Whilst Liverpool will prefer to sell to a foreign club, in Theo Walcott, Arsenal have a valuable asset they could offer in exchange. Liverpool have always struggled to replace players they’ve sold with top quality talent, this deal could give them a chance to do that immediately.
Liverpool have previously tried to sign Walcott, and with him himself currently in contract extension talks, a move to Liverpool where he would play more regularly in a central role could appeal to him. Since Welbeck’s arrival, Walcott’s first team chances have been limited. He has failed to win his place back in the team since returning from a long term injury and Arsenal could be willing to let him go. I think Walcott could evolve into a very good striker in Liverpool’s two striker system.
What makes this rumour believable? Brendan Rodgers is an admirer of Walcott and Arsene Wenger of Sterling. So if both players can’t agree new deals, a player swap could actually benefit both teams and players.
Whilst Walcott has been with Arsenal for ten years, he has failed to progress into the player many hoped and interestingly, he is a boyhood Liverpool fan.
You can definitely see why this would be a good deal for Arsenal. Walcott is only a sub at the moment, whilst Sterling has the potential to be a world class player. He’s also homegrown and would join several other young English players in this Arsenal squad.
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