Liverpool will be forced to convince Raheem Sterling that his future lies at Anfield past this summer, at least that’s if rumours in the Express are to be believed.
The newspaper, citing reports in the Daily Mirror, claims that Real Madrid are stepping up their efforts to sign the young winger as Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines whilst he recovers from surgery to fix his tendonitis. The ex-Manchester United star looked out of sorts during the World Cup thanks to his knee complaint, and it makes sense to assume that he will attempt to address the problem now that he has some time off.
Though the 19-year-old can hardly be deemed on par with the Portuguese forward in terms of his ability Madrid no doubt see him as an asset of incredible potential, and are already poised to offer £25million in an attempt to convince Brendan Rodgers to sell. This follows on from reports which stated their interest, and can be seen as virtual confirmation that at some point this summer Madrid will try their luck.
Whilst that fee will likely fall considerably short of the Northern Irishman’s estimations it stands to reason that the Reds will be forced to weather a storm thereafter, with Florentino Perez not usually one to be denied his man.
The Madrid chief's pursuits of the past, including last summer's one surrounding Gareth Bale, bear testament to his dogged determination, and providing Sterling himself shows interest in making the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu there may be very little that Rodgers can do to prevent the move.
Barca for Suarez
Elsewhere the speculation continues to rumble on with regards to a certain Luis Suarez’s future, with Barcelona reportedly set to offer £80million at some stage this week. It remains to be seen whether or not Liverpool will stand firm over their stance that he will not be sold in the wake of the bite scandal, but it appears increasingly likely he could be let go.
Numerous Anfield legends have had their say on the matter since the Uruguayan's disgraceful incident against Italy, and very few of them have backed him to stay in Rodgers' plans moving forward. Indeed it would seem that the 27-year-old has finally crossed the line, and a great deal of fans would now likely be far more at ease to see him depart than they were prior to the World Cup.