RAHEEM FANCIED TO BE A MANC
Sterling still has two years left on his Anfield contract and Liverpool will try and fight off any suitors this summer especially after losing Luis Suarez last year.
But they will not want an unhappy player on their hands and he has hardly set the Premier League alight in the second half of the season.
In an ideal world the Reds would offload Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Ricky Lambert and replace them with Divock Origi (currently on loan at Lille), a fit Daniel Sturridge and a world class striker but it looks as if it is going to be a difficult summer for the Club with the lack of Champions League football next term a concern in attracting top quality players.
Raheem Sterling to sign for before 3/09/15; prices from BetVictor Manchester City Chelsea 15/8 7/2 Arsenal 5/1 Bayern 8/1 Real Madrid 12/1 Manchester United 12/1 Chelsea are 5/4 favourites to retain the PL next season at BetVictor with City 11/4, United 4/1, Arsenal 5s, Liverpool 12s and any price the rest.
Liverpool are invariably well backed for the title but at this stage they make no appeal and I can see next season being a genuine fourhorse race.
Arsene Wenger must get Jack Wilshere back into the Gunners’ XI for this evening’s clash with Sunderland (12/1) and I can’t see past a home win despite Sunderland winning at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford in a similar scenario last season.
This is a poor Sunderland side who got the breaks against Everton in their previous home game and that looks like it will be enough to preserve their PL status. I was very disappointed with Arsenal in the first half against Old Trafford on Sunday and please don’t tell me Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla are the midfield pairing that will drive Arsenal to the title next term.
That said Chelsea rely too heavily on Hazard staying fit, United aren’t the same team without Michael Carrick who is 34 in the summer and City need Vincent Kompany fit and back to his best; he was neither this season.
Arsene Wenger will have been in charge of Arsenal for 20 years in the summer of 2016; I might be completely bonkers but I just feel Arsenal, with one or two major signings and a fully fit Wilshere, might be best equipped to win the PL title in 2015/16. At 5/1 they certainly look the value. At Goodwood this afternoon GOD WILLING (2.40) is of interest dropping back in trip; the 4four-year-old hasn’t run over today’s 7f trip since his second juvenile start but he often fails to finish his race off over further and he has an excellent draw in stall three.
Jellicle Ball needs pointing in the right direction on official figures in the listed Height Of Fashion Stakes but Lady Of Dubai (4.25) is entitled to improve for the step up in trip on comeback and can give the favourite plenty to think about.
The selection is 50/1 for the Oaks at BetVictor and whilst that might be aiming too high I am convinced there is plenty to come from the Luca Cumaini trained filly.
I cannot Desert Sahara (5.00) in the 10f fillies maiden having shaped as though she was crying out for a step up in trip when fourth on her reappearance over a mile at Nottingham; there are dangers including the wonderfully named Speedy Boarding whose mother is named Dash To The Front!