Contract talks between Manchester City and Raheem Sterling seem to have stalled, with the forward said to be asking for a raise in his weekly salary from £170,000 to £220,000 as part of any extension, but it is unclear if the club would meet his demands.
The England international's contract at the Etihad Stadium is set to expire at the end of 2020 season and fresh terms remain a long way off being agreed.
Sterling is keen to become one of the club's best-paid players, according to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
Sterling’s terms are worth around £170,00 a week and he wants to become one of City’s best-paid players, with a rise to a basic of £220,000 at least.
Manager Pep Guardiola is keen on keeping Raheem Sterling on Man City's roster
"Although it is understood both sides are willing to be patient, City will be conscious of the need to resolve Sterling's future," Jackson said. "If not, there is the prospect of a player worth a minimum £60 million after scoring 23 times last season being vulnerable to a cut-price sale."
When joining from Liverpool in summer 2015 for £44m Sterling signed for five years. As it is thought there is no option for an extra 12 months his value will markedly decrease unless an agreement can be made before July.
On Friday City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, said: “It’s well-known we’re delighted with him and would like him to continue. My club knows my opinion and we share that. After that it is the club and the agent.”
Since Sterling has been at City, the team have strengthened in the wide positions significantly, with Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez brought in. However, the England man has raised his game to ensure he remains a regular for Guardiola.
His game has improved significantly under the coach, as Sterling uses the ball better, finds more dangerous positions on the pitch and has found an edge when chances do drop to him.