Arsenal open to Walcott-Sterling swap deal this summer with Liverpool

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger may have rejected the notion that Theo Walcott could be used as a part of the deal that would see Raheem Sterling come in the opposite direction, but it is now believed that he could be open to it happening, the Metro reports.

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Reports in the Daily Star claim Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to snap up FA Cup winning pair Walcott and Kieran Gibbs in the coming weeks, with an anonymous source close to the north London giants claiming that the Gunners should take advantage of that: “We should pursue the [swap] deal and keep Gibbs.

“It’s important to keep players who actually care about Arsenal, [and] give that extra when the backs are against the wall.”

However, Liverpool are said to be targeting a fee of around £50m for Sterling – a fee that Wenger is almost certainly not going to want to pay, especially in a straight cash deal.

While Walcott is valued at around £25m, though, he could make a useful makeweight into the deal, should Wenger decide he wants to press ahead with a move for the 20-year-old winger this summer.

Gibbs, meanwhile, came through the youth ranks with the Gunners, but has lost his place in the side recently thanks to the form of Nacho Monreal. The Spaniard even kept Gibbs out of the FA Cup final last month.

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