Latest name on their international shopping list is 23-year-old England international Raheem Sterling. Whether Manchester City are interested in selling the winger is of little interest to the Bernabeu hierarchy; they know better than anyone that every player has his price.
Sterling’s contract expires in 2020 and there are no signs of City wanting to begin negotiations on a new deal at the moment. Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva have already agreed contract extensions at the Etihad this season.
The former Liverpool man is unperturbed by this state of affairs but Madrid believe it gives them the opportunity to put together an irresistable salary package for the forward.
Sterling’s current deal is worth £180,000 per week but Real are preparing to clear the decks to make sure they can land one galactico this summer with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema touted as heading toward the Bernabeu exit.
Sterling is proving to be a pivotal member of City’s all-conquering side this season as they head toward their first silverware of the campaign on Sunday. Sterling is expected to feature from the start against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final.