Rio Ferdinand is urging former side Manchester United and Liverpool to take a chance on signing a Manchester City star.
According to the expert, both title-chasing clubs could help their respective challenges by signing Raheem Sterling, who is currently well down in the pick order at the Etihad.
The English national team player has only started two of City’s six matches so far this season, one of which is the side’s disappointing 0-0 at home draw against Southampton last weekend.
There have already been reports linking Sterling with a loan move from Manchester in January, where Barcelona are cash-strapped, believed to be one of the clubs interested in a possible deal.
Former England and United defender Ferdinand is “amazed” at the underutilization of the goal-scoring winger who is fresh on his Euro 2020 achievements for England.
“Where is Raheem Sterling? He has lost confidence because he has been taken off the team,” Ferdinand told the Manchester Evening News.
“He was the go-to guy when they needed a goal for so many years and now all of a sudden he’s in the desert.
“I’m amazed at it, I just do not understand. With Pep he gets things fixed more often than not, but with this one there must be clubs that go ‘let’s see how it goes because I would take Sterling all day!’
According to Ferdinand, there would be no shortage of potential suitors if Sterling chose a new challenge – as City’s biggest domestic rivals may even be tempted to make a bid.
“If I were Liverpool, I would buy Sterling tomorrow … If I were him, I would not go to Barcelona or Real Madrid right now, that’s why I said Liverpool … Man United take him !,” he added .
The 26-year-old’s next chance to impress may come tonight as the Wycombe Wanderers travel to the Etihad to get a Carabao Cup tie.
City boss Pep Guardiola is expected to rotate his side, which should give players like Sterling – who are currently on the fringes of the first team – another chance to earn a place in manager XI’s first choice.
“We will see how many people recover in the next few days because we are in difficult conditions right now, but we are going there to London, Paris and Liverpool to make good matches absolutely.”