Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane target Raheem Sterling as part of £300m squad rebuild

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With Zinedine Zidane now back at the helm of Real Madrid, the rebuilding process at the club is underway.

The side currently sit third in La Liga, 12 points adrift leaders of Barcelona thanks to a total of eight league losses in 27 matches.

Real are known to spend big money during vital transfer windows. Particularly in today's transfer climate, they could end up spending a monumental sum on new recruits.

The club is said to be bracing themselves for a massive £300m summer spending spree, with stars such as Neymar, Eden Hazard, and Christian Eriksen on their list of targets.

According to the Mirror, that list also extends to Manchester City winger, Raheem Sterling.

Sterling, has been a revelation under Pep Guardiola at City, tallying 15 goals and nine assists in the Premier League so far this season.

City, themselves, are on track for back-to-back league titles, with the unprecedented 'Quadruple' also still a possibility.

This isn't the first time Zidane has expressed his admiration for the 24-year-old, however.

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Real sent scouts to monitor Sterling in August, and were even interested in the winger's services long before that.

Back in 2015, while Sterling was still at Liverpool, Zidane was questioned his apparent interest in the then-emerging star.

He replied: "We know who Raheem Sterling is, and of course we are monitoring him as a player.

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"There are very few players in the world who can improve the Real Madrid squad, so it is important we monitor the progress of the best young players in the world."

City will be reluctant to let the Englishman go. Sterling penned a new £300,000 per week deal at the club in November, which would keep him at the Etihad Stadium until 2023.

But Real president Florentino Perez is determined to keep Zidane happy this time around. And has promised he will give Zizou all the financial backing he needs in order to improve his squad.

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