Top ten most in-demand English players: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere & Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling could spark summer transfer battle

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The FA are poised to bring in new home-grown rules – in which Premier League clubs will only be allowed a maximum of 13 overseas players in the senior squad, reduced from the current quota of 17.

As a result, the giants of English football could be forced into panic-buying top homegrown talent. Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere and Gunners forward Theo Walcott are among the biggest names that could be the subject of a summer transfer battle.

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Take a look at the top 10 most in-demand English players…

Raheem Sterling – Liverpool

BBC Sport reported that the 20-year-old has already told the Reds that he wants to leave Anfield at the end of the season, and further talks between Brendan Rodgers and chief executive Ian Ayre are set to take place later this week.

Liverpool are adamant that they do not want to sell the young winger, however an offer of £35m might be enough to prize him away from Merseyside. Arsenal and Manchester City are set to battle it out for his signature.

This would be a staggering fee for a youngster with much to prove.

Sterling Liverpool

Jack Wilshere – Arsenal

The Gunners midfielder has – once more – had his season blighted by injury problems, and with Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey competing for places in midfield, he has fallen down the pecking order.

Arsene Wenger has insisted that the England international will not leave the Emirates but, according to the Daily Star, Manchester City are still considering a £30m bid.

The 23-year-old has bags of potential with his grit on and off the ball a standout ability – and a rare feat in the modern midfielder. However, given his injury troubles – particularly persistent ankle problems – he would be a risk signing.

Jack Wilshere

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