Arsene Wenger admits that he is a fan of Raheem Sterling; discusses reported interest

The Arsenal manager was commenting on the Liverpool winger's impending move to Manchester City.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been discussing Manchester City's attempt to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, a move that is ongoing according to BBC Sport, in a Q & A session with the Gunners website, touching on rumours that he was interested in bringing the England international to the Emirates.

The Frenchman revealed that he is a big fan of Sterling, who has impressed since bursting into the Reds' first team three years ago, and said that the Citizens are acquiring a first-rate player.

"It looked a done deal for a while, because Sterling said he wanted to leave," Wenger told the Arsenal website.

"For me Sterling is a top-class player. It's a good buy for Man City. An expensive one, but they can afford it."

Wenger added that, despite his appreciation of the Liverpool man, he didn't pursue a bid for Sterling on account of the number of similar attacking players he already has at his disposal for Arsenal.

"Personally I like him," he stressed. "I didn't make a bid because he plays in an area where we have plenty of players. We have Welbeck, Walcott, Chamberlain. Sanchez, Wilshere can play there, Gnabry. He's a wide player basically, or behind the striker."

The move, should it go through, would be the most expensive transfer of an English player, and is all the more phenomenal considering the winger is just 20-years-old.

Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal were all said to have retained a certain level of interest in the player at some point, with the Mirror reporting in March that the Gunners were tracking Sterling's ongoing contract situation at Anfield, with a possible Theo Walcott swap mooted.

As it turned out, the former Southampton man came back into the Arsenal first team towards the end of the season, which may have explained Wenger's insistence that he is happy with the club's cover in that position.

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