special- Manchester City are set to make Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne the highest-paid players in the Premier League, as talks continue over new contracts for the pair.
Both players are currently tied to the club until 2023, but City are keen to avoid either player moving closer to the end of their respective deals before agreeing new terms.
Talks with Sterling have been ongoing for some time / Alex Caparros/Getty Images
In Sterling’s case, talks over a new contract have been ongoing for 18 months, a source confirmed. 90 minutes That City have high hopes of sealing a £400,000-a-week deal.
The 58-cap England international has previously considered a move abroad and is still under consideration, with City believing their willingness to make Sterling England’s top earner will convince him to stay. will be enough for
It is a title that City hope to share with Sterling De Bruyne, who has been negotiating his own £400,000-a-week extension for more than a year.
The 29-year-old Belgian came close to signing a new deal earlier this year but saw negotiations stall after his agent Patrick de Coster was accused of financial mismanagement by Belgian authorities following a complaint by the citizen’s father. I got arrested.
De Bruyne could join Sterling as Premier League’s top earners / Alex Kapros/Getty Images
Despite the setback, De Bruyne is set to sign an extension as he is happy with life at the Etihad Stadium.
The couple has sought assurances on a number of issues since talks began. City’s potential Champions League ban was the subject of brief discussion, but club officials were able to allay any fears by seeing the charges dropped.
Manager Pep Guardiola’s future has also been regularly discussed. The Spaniard’s current contract expires at the end of the season and there has been no public indication that an extension is forthcoming, but both Sterling and De Bruyne are satisfied with City’s response to their questions about the boss’ future. are .
Guardiola’s future has also been discussed / Alex Caparros/Getty Images
Negotiations over bumper new deals will continue, but City are confident positive resolutions are on the horizon.
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