Report: Real Madrid set to move for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling
Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling could be off to Spain.
According to reports the 19-year-old winger is stalling on signing a new deal at Anfield and the Daily Mirror believes that Real Madrid are keen to sign the speedster after his impressive displays at the World Cup for England this summer.
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Sterling, who burst onto the scene last season in his first full campaign in the PL, has had a blistering start to the 2014-15 campaign while others have struggled for Liverpool. The former Queens Park Rangers youth team player has scored three goals in seven games so far and with Daniel Sturridge out injured and Luis Suarez departed, Sterling has suddenly become Liverpool’s main attacking threat as several new players -- Mario Balotelli, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert -- have failed to settle in.
With Real reportedly chasing Raheem, what are the chances of him heading to the Santiago Bernabeu?
If Liverpool continue their early season struggles and fail to finish in the top four, it may be sooner than you think. Sterling only has just over two years left on his current Liverpool deal (where he is paid just $50,000 per week) and the bright lights and big bucks of Real could turn his head away from Merseyside.. Madrid will get to see Sterling up close and personal over the next few months as they play back-to-back UEFA Champions League games with Liverpool at Anfield and then in the Spanish capital. No doubt they’ll be keeping a close eye on Sterling as they line up a move for the youngster.
That said, Madrid already possess Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in attack, so where could Sterling possibly fit in? With the Ronaldo rumors continuing to heat up about a move back to Manchester United or possibly Chelsea, Sterling would come in as a replacement for the current World Player of the Year and one of the greatest the world has ever seen. No pressure.
Sterling’s speed and trickery have seen him rise to the top of the Premier League in the last year or so. With his game developing all the time and the Jamaican-born winger now adding plenty of goals to his game, does his future belong in Spain?