GUARDIAN – Raheem Sterling can be reborn at Manchester City – with or without the gas and air | Barney Ronay

Instead of getting upset about the Liverpool winger allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide again, we should focus on the far more interesting business of a British record transfer that increasingly looks as though it may actually happenRaheem, mate. I’ve been there. I’ve walked that road. I too have stared into the hippy crack abyss. The side-effects, let me tell you, have been pretty severe. Eight years down the line I’m still constantly tired. I no longer socialise normally, instead spending most of my free evenings staring at Foyle’s War with a packet of Doritos Roulette and a bottle of Taste the Difference Riesling. Quite often I hear voices. Annoying, shrill, demanding voices.Admittedly there is a fair chance the source of these side-effects is having children rather than the dilute nitrous oxide the NHS offers to women having babies – and by extension to any opportunistic co-parent willing to go the extra yard and really share the birth experience while the nurse is out of the room. And, to be fair, Raheem has probably got this one right in the end. Gas and air, as doctors insist on calling this dangerous drug routinely handed out to women in labour and people having fillings, probably is best consumed on a yacht surrounded by laughing beautiful people in designer swimwear. Related: Manchester City ponder fresh Raheem Sterling bid after Liverpool reject £40m Related: Football transfer rumours: Sergio Agüero leaving for Real Madrid? Continue reading…