Manchester City are 'confident' star forward Raheem Sterling will put pen to paper on a new contract at Etihad Stadium, reportedly worth £380,000-a-week.
If the England international does indeed sign the deal, it would make him the highest-paid player in Sky Blues history, with sources close to the club suggesting his decision will not be impacted by Pep Guardiola's future in the north-west. The Catalan is expected to stay until his contract expires in 2021, but Citizens officials hope he will agree an extension.
Sterling would join Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea as the Premier League's joint-top earner, having only just been offered new, record-breaking terms with sportswear giants Nike.
According to Metro, early discussions between the winger and City have been positive. Once the English champions have secured that deal, they will then hold talks over a contract extension for midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
The Sky Blues opened negotiations with Sterling in late November following rumoured interest from some of Europe's most powerful teams, including Real Madrid, who were allegedly looking to engineer a swap deal that would see Gareth Bale move to Manchester.
At just 24-years-of-age, the forward has already become City's most prized asset, with the club valuing him at approximately £200m, making such a transfer highly unlikely.
Sterling is now in his fifth season at the Etihad, having joined from Liverpool for a fee of £49m when he was still a teenager. He's collected five major honours in that time, and was an integral part of the side that won the domestic treble in 2018/19.
Given the success he's enjoyed and the money being offered, there's every chance he will sign the new contract. On top of that, there have been encouraging signs with regards to Guardiola and his situation at Eastlands.
Sky Blues chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has recently claimed the manager is 'committed' to City and enjoys the setup of the club.
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