Raheem Sterling has turned down a £70,000-per-week deal at Liverpool as the winger searches for a move to Real Madrid, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu for some time, having impressed at Anfield since his debut as a 17-year-old.
Double your money
Sterling's contract runs until July 2017 and is currently worth £30,000-per-week, but the Reds' most recent offer to double his wages and more appear to have been far from acceptable for the youngster, who has become the key player in the team after the departure of Luis Suarez and Mario Balotelli's poor form.
The England international enjoyed his best form last season, chipping in with nine goals in 33 games to help the Reds to second place in the Premier League. He has been Liverpool's best performer so far this season with three goals in 15 appearances.
Brendan Rodgers' side are struggling though, and lie ninth in the table, six points off the Champions League places.
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In contrast, Real Madrid hold a two point lead over rivals Barcelona and are searching for a 20th consecutive win against Almeria this weekend.
The European champions are also still in the Champions League, having beaten Liverpool on both occasions in the group stage as the English side crashed out of the competition and will be competing in the Europa League for the rest of the season.
With his key role in the side and strong rumours of Real's interest, it puts Sterling in a strong position to negotiate a more valuable deal, even if a move to Spain doesn't interest the winger.
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