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Wenger: 'We are not in transfer mode' as speculation mounts

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger refused to be drawn on the latest transfer speculation surrounding Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling - and insisted it would be "stupid" to allow anything to disrupt their end to the season.

Reports have emerged the 20-year-old England forward wants to leave Anfield this summer, rejecting the offer of a contract extension said to be worth around £100,000-a-week.

Sterling's agent today moved to distance his client from the unsettling speculation, stating there was a meeting scheduled with Liverpool later this week and "we will take proceedings from there."

Arsenal have been touted as a possible destination for Sterling were he to move.

However, ahead of tomorrow night's game against Sunderland, Gunners boss Wenger was keen to play down any agenda which could deflect focus from securing third place in the English Premier League and the FA Cup final at Wembley on May 30.

"At the moment we are not in a transfer mode. We want to finish our season well," said Wenger. "The transfer period comes after the FA Cup final."