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Bad for Dele Alli & Nike: Everyone wants Man City’s Raheem Sterling

Everton 1 – Manchester City 3

It was another happy Saturday for Manchester City.

One more win in the Premier League, and the Sky Blues will be crowned EPL champs.

Will that happen at Man United next weekend in the derby?

City easily beat Everton over the weekend at Goodison Park. The match was over as a contest after 12 minutes.

Leroy Sane broke the deadlock after just four minutes, while Gabriel Jesus killed off Everton with City’s second.

The Sky Blues went into the break 3-up after Raheem Sterling cashed in a third in the 37th minute.

Yannick Bolasie scored a consolation in the second half for Everton.

Nike problem: Raheem Sterling is in demand

The Sunday Times have reported on the battle to sign Man City’s Raheem Sterling.

Rather than talking about another club, Sterling is now a major target for sports brands.

Currently under contract with Nike, Sterling have reportedly been approached in the past few days by global manufacturing rivals. The Times report:

Both Puma and Under Armour are interested in poaching Sterling from Nike, his long-term sponsor, and making him the England “face” of their brands going into the World Cup.

Leisurewear, drinks and confectionery brands are also vying for Sterling whose marketability is seen as having blossomed on the back of an excellent season for Manchester City, and now a step up in his England status.

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Bad for Totteham’s Dele Alli

The Sunday Times also reflect on the recent international break.

Sterling was one of England better performers against Holland and Italy, while Tottenham’s Dele Alli wasn’t involved.

According to the broadsheet, Alli may now struggle to start for England in Russia this summer:

Operating in both the recent friendlies as a No10, and creating huge difficulties for the opposition with his speed and dribbling, Sterling appeared to cement himself in Gareth Southgate’s ideal starting line up for the World Cup, supplanting Dele Alli as principle support to Harry Kane

Also see: Pep Guardiola trolls Liverpool after Everton.

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