According to ESPN FC, Liverpool have told Arsenal that they will only do a deal for want-away winger Raheem Sterling if Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs are included. The conversation would be the first indication that Liverpool will sell the want-away England winger who is refusing to sign a new contract at Anfield.
Liverpool believe that Gibbs and Walcott would fill some of the holes in their squad, while also adding an element pace that was too often missing last season.
Gibbs has found himself behind Nacho Monreal in the pecking order for Arsenal during the second half of the season, while Walcott’s future is unclear as he has yet to pen an extension to his current deal which expires next summer.
Walcott has jut returned from a long injury and finds himself battling with Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a place in the Gunners starting XI.
Liverpool are desperate to find a striker with pace, and Walcott and Sturridge could offer Brendan Rodgers a dynamic attack.
The question is why would Arsenal do this deal? While Sterling is a terrific talent, I cannot see how he gets into the Gunners line-up. If Walcott, a more accomplished winger and finisher is struggling to hold down a place, how will Sterling?
The betting money is still on Manchester City winning the race to sign Sterling for around £40 million.
But if you are Liverpool, would you rather take the cash from City and go out and buy a left back and striker, or wouold you strike a deal with Arsene Wenger for the two Arsenal players?