Gunners could have signed Liverpool winger.
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Arsenal pulled out of a deal to sign Raheem Sterling before he moved to Liverpool in 2010, according to club legend and former academy boss Liam Brady, the Metro reports.
Sterling, now regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in the Premier League, was one of the Reds’ in-form attacking players last season, and it has now emerged that he could have been lining up for Arsenal now if things had gone differently.
The 19-year-old started his youth career at Queens Park Rangers, and attracted interest from Arsenal and from Brady as they looked to continue their policy of bringing through some of the best young talent in the country.
However, Brady admits he could have worked harder to push a deal through, and that in the end the club cooled their interest in the teenager, allowing him to eventually make his way to Anfield.
“I think I could have got Raheem Sterling if I’d really gone for him,” Brady is quoted as saying. “But I didn’t go through with that one [in the end].”
Now a full England international, Sterling has been one of many players to have shown a big improvement under the management of Brendan Rodgers, and his fine form even attracted interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid earlier in this year’s transfer window.