Sterling, despite playing a significant role in Pep Guardiola's side's record-breaking run to the Premier League title last season, has entered into the final two years of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and a report by The Mirror claims there is no sign of a breakthrough in negotiations over an extended deal.
In the eyes of the Milan based newspaper, the absolute worst scenario for Inter is that they are drawn with reigning Champions Real Madrid, German club Borussia Dortmund and a new strong looking Liverpool side.
Another team taking their place in the second best pot is a certain Manchester United.
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While the 30th of August will be just another Thursday in every Tom, Dick, and Harry's daily routine, the football aficionados will be eagerly looking forward to the UEFA Champions League draw that's set to take place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco.
Degenek moved from Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos to the Serbian giants in the off-season eager to get into European football in the country where his family grew up and played a key role in securing their maiden group stage spot.
Last year's finalists will therefore be hoping for some good luck in today's draw and if things go their way they could end up with a favourable group containing Lokomotiov Moscow, Porto and Young Boys. Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge, Galatasaray, Inter Milan, Hoffenheim, Young Boys, AEK Athens and Red Star Belgrade make up pot four.
The teams are split into four seeding pots.
Where is the Champions League final? Jurgen Klopp's men reached the final last time around and have won all three of their games so far this season.