Real Madrid are ready to make a £26 million offer for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, with the youngster having rejected a second contract offer from his club at the weekend.
According to the Daily Express, who cite sources in Spain, Los Blancos are looking to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Sterling’s future, with Chelsea also said to be keeping tabs on the situation.
Though Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is supremely confident that he can tie the burgeoning star down to a new Anfield deal the speculation will have Liverpool fans more than just a little worried.
Having realised his true potential last season, where he became arguably as important as the likes of Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard, Sterling has gone from strength to strength in recent months, and his equaliser against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup semi-final last week drew plenty of appraisal.
Such performances, and the promise of just how good he could be in years to come, has ensured that Real have never been too far away from gossip suggesting that they’re interested in taking him to Spain, and with their reputation for capturing the brightest talents in Europe more than simply notable, it’s difficult to completely write off.
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If the young forward is to move then Rodgers would likely prefer to send him abroad rather than risk the punitive measures to be suffered if Chelsea snap him up.
Jose Mourinho would no doubt be chomping at the bit to acquire a precocious talent like Sterling, and with both Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah appearing destined to move on in the near future, there could be room in his squad.
The crux of the matter however will remain Liverpool’s negotiations as they try to secure Sterling’s future for themselves. If no deal is struck by the summer then losing him could become a frighteningly real possibility for Reds supporters, though they will remain hopeful that the man they’ve turned into a star won’t follow Suarez in opting for the dazzling light of one of Europe’s most attractive outfits.