Manchester City have allegedly placed Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling on their ‘for-sale’ list which has put Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal on red alert ahead of the summer transfer market.
The Citizens head coach Pep Guardiola is already working on summer plans to build his next great team after steering his team to a third Premier League title in four years.
The newly-crowned English champions can add a UEFA Champions League trophy to their domestic crown with a win over Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao.
High-profile attacking pair Sterling and Mahrez have contributed 14 goals apiece across all competitions for City this campaign but are deemed surplus to requirements and could be sold for the right price, according to a recent report from The Daily Mail.
The report suggests Gunners head coach has registered a strong interest after working with the duo during his three-year spell as Peps’s assistant at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the club’s financial situation and inability to offer European competition next term is likely to prove a major stumbling block in their attempts to sign either player.
Elsewhere, Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira is allegedly set to return to the club in the summer, following his loan stint at La Liga champions Atletico Madrid coming to an end.