Is Di Maria a smokescreen for Arsenal to raid Liverpool for Raheem Sterling?

Raheem Sterling

Arsenal were said to want a winger this week, with Manchester United's Angel di Maria bizarrely linked. Could Liverpool's Raheem Sterling be back on the agenda?

Arsenal are preparing for their 2015/16 title tilt, and Mesut Ozil is being prepared to play a key role.

The Mail reported Arsene Wenger is planning for the German international to resume the central attacking role, leaving the Gunners in need of a top quality winger.

The report in The Mail surprisingly named Manchester United winger Angel di Maria as a top target for Arsene Wenger.

This however is unlikely to happen largely due to the huge £280,000 per week wages the Argentine currently earns.

Arsenal's desire for a new winger does pose the question as to who else it could be, and if the club could revisit their interest in Liverpool rebel Raheem Sterling.

Sterling has been in dispute with Liverpool for months, determined to secure a transfer away from the club.

The Manchester Evening News report that Manchester City are monitoring the England international, having had two bids turned down already.

A former QPR trainee, Sterling was said by The Mirror to prefer a move back to London if the opportunity arises, with Arsenal his first choice.

The Express reported last year that Sterling was seen out at a nightclub with friends and England colleagues, Arsenal teammates Danny Welbeck and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

While those extra-curricular activities may not stroke Arsene Wenger's fancy, his on pitch ability should, and Sterling would very much be an ideal fit for the club's system, to line up alongside Ozil and Alexis Sanchez behind a central striker.

Arsenal have sat back in the Sterling chase of late, but Wenger's decision to look at a winger and Sterling's desperation to move as the saga drags on, raises the question of whether Arsenal could renew transfer hostilities with Liverpool - tested over Luis Suarez two years ago - to make a big offer to prise the young winger away from their grasp, and actually do them a favour.

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