According to the Spanish Media, Raheem Sterling has been offered to Real Madrid. Right now, there is only a little interest from the European Champions, but the situation may turn around in the coming days.
Sterling’s future at Manchester City now looks to be up in the air. His contract at the Etihad Stadium expires in 2023. He may leave on a free transfer in a year. So, to avoid leaving him on a free transfer and inject some cash, the Premier League champions will try to offload the English player before the new season commences.
Sterling scored 17 goals and provided nine assists in 47 appearances for City in all competitions last season.
Premier League rivals Chelsea have been given an opportunity to sign the England international, along with La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Sterling joined Manchester City from Liverpool in 2015 in a deal worth 65 million euros and has enjoyed tremendous success during his time at the Etihad Stadium. The 27-year-old has made 339 appearances for the Cityzens, scoring 131 goals and setting up 95 more, winning four Premier League titles and other domestic honours.
However, Sterling has seen his importance within the squad reduce over the past year, with manager Pep Guardiola often overlooking him for the big games, as was the case in the UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid last month. With his contract expiring in 2023, the winger is now considering his future at the Etihad, and the club themselves are open to the idea of a sale.
Real Madrid had their eyes set on Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe until last week when the Frenchman signed a new contract for PSG worth a whopping 250 million euros over three years.
So, Madrid is having the funds to sign a big experienced player. They have already signed Aurelien Tchouameni with some of the cash that was reserved to sign Mbappe. Now they have the space to sign a star player. So, Sterling is an excellent option for the Los Blancos.
With current talisman 34-year-old Karim Benzema set to retire as Real Madrid’s first-choice striker next year, Los Blancos certainly need to find better-attacking alternatives to what they currently have. Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic are the current backups to Benzema but have only managed to scrape two goals in 24 appearances between them.
However, the Spanish club will need to act quickly if they wish to clinch a deal with the English international as Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea are also mentioned as suitors for Sterling.