The Englishman will be entering the final season of his current deal next summer, which could see his transfer value plummet from the January transfer window onwards.
Though there is reportedly a willingness from both player and club to work out a new long-term deal, little progress has been made in negotiations so far, even as City have agreed extensions with Kevin de Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, and Sergio Aguero in the past year, as well as manager Pep Guardiola, who wants Sterling to stay at the club.
Sterling has previously stated he would be open to moving abroad.
The 23-year-old joined City in 2015 after a contentious £49million move from Liverpool, and won a Premier League title with the club last season. His form with the Citizens has seen Sterling become an England regular and one of the country’s best young players.
AC Milan have reportedly won the €35 million chase for Flamengo and Brazil attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta, beating rumoured interest from the likes of Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Paqueta, 21, has been convinced to head to the Rossoneri by sporting director Leonardo’s promise of regular first-team football and a similar acclimitisation process as that enjoyed by the iconic Kaka more than a decade ago.
Globo Esporte were the first to report that the two-times-capped international will undergo a medical this week, ahead of joining Milan in the winter transfer window.
United were strongly linked to Paqueta’s signature last month, while Liverpool rejected talk of a move on Wednesday. Brazil superstar Neymar had also been rumoured to have attempted to convince him about a switch to the Ligue 1 champions.
Paqueta has scored 17 times in 87 appearances for Flamengo.
Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata believes Belgian playmaker Eden Hazard won’t try and push through a dream transfer to Real Madrid, despite intense speculation he will become a Bernabeu star in the near future.
Morata, who has recently forced his way back into the reckoning at Stamford Bridge and knows a thing or two about Los Blancos having started his well-documented career in the Spanish capital, thinks Hazard is there to stay in west London for some time yet.
Hazard was touted as the man to become Florentino Perez’s marquee signing last summer, and although the 27-year-old wasn’t shy in hiding his desire to join the Whites, nothing materialized.
Since then and off the back of a stellar World Cup with Belgium, Hazard has been a star turn in Maurizio Sarri’s Blues outfit which has reached joint-top in the Premier League table.
“We’ve said that it’s not that he wants to leave Chelsea but if Madrid come in for him, that won’t be an obstacle,” Morata told Spanish broadcaster Cuatro, in response to a question about his club team-mate.
“The thing is that he has a very good relationship with the club, he’s happy there and it’s not like other cases when a player wants to leave a club at any cost, but if it’s good for Chelsea they will keep that in mind.”