Raheem Sterling is wanted by Rafael Benitez as his first major signing when he becomes Real Madrid manager, according to reports.
The former Liverpool boss is set to be announced as Carlo Ancelotti’s successor next week and will therefore assume command of perhaps Europe’s most famous bank account.
Sterling the Galactico?
With pressure sure to be on him from the off the purchase of a reputable next ‘Galactico’ to kick off his tenure will be a must, with the Daily Mirror saying he knows exactly who he wants.
Unfortunately for Liverpool fans - or fortunately, depending on which side of the fence you fall regarding recent happenings - that man is Sterling, who by all accounts looks destined to be leaving Anfield this summer.
No issues with the move
Despite Brendan Rodgers’ claims that he expects the youngster to honour his contract and see out his time with Liverpool, Sterling is a cash cow they must milk soon if they’re to recoup anywhere close to the extortionate sums of money being bandied around of late.
With that in mind any proposition from Real, notorious of course for spending huge figures on in-form players, is sure to be negotiated with, and there’s hardly anything to turn Sterling off the idea of moving to Los Blancos.
The 20-year-old has already reportedly turned down a new deal from Liverpool worth £90,000-a-week, which can be taken as an indication that he is looking to move on to pastures new.
Battle to take place
So long as the Reds appear willing to do business there’s little stopping Real from launching a campaign to sign him, and one would assume the Spanish giants have it within their power to beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for his signature.
One thing that will make them automatic favourites is the fact that it was Benitez who gave Sterling a tour of Liverpool’s training grounds back when the starlet was first signed as a 15-year-old. At the time Benitez was Reds manager and Sterling is believed to have a great deal of respect from him.
That said Real purchasing the Englan international would throw up some problems in the Spanish capital. Benitez will already have the lethal quartet of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez leading his attack, and it’s unlikely fans would be too happy with any of them being dropped bar Bale, who rumours yesterday insisted would be the centrepiece in Benitez’s plans.
Liverpool fans, do you think Sterling will leave for Real Madrid? Could Sterling replace any of the aforesaid four Real stars? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.