Raheem Sterling has evolved into one of Manchester City’s and Pep Guardiola’s most trusted men on the pitch. The Englishman however, has hit some sort of a rough patch lately. Pep has not counted on the 26-year-old has not been counted upon by the former Barcelona manager in crunch games in recent weeks and it shows.
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In the recently concluded UEFA Champions League semi-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain, Sterling was on the pitch for only a total of eight minutes out of the 180. Yes, only eight.
If someone opined exactly a month and a half back that Sterling would not be on the pitch in case City made it to the semi-finals of the UCL, very few would’ve believed him.
Real Madrid are monitoring the situation though. The current La Liga title holders understand that their attack needs a bit of a revamp for the next season and for the future and are looking to turn toward Raheem Sterling as a potential solution to one of their many questions, as per Four Four Two.
This would come off as a surprise to many as it was understood that the former Premier League champions were very close to agreeing to a £320,000/week contract with the Englishman, whose current contract is set to expire in 2023.
It is believed that a sum in the range of £75 million for Sterling would be enough to convince City to let go of their superstar.
Manchester City themselves have been linked with a number of high-profile targets this summer with the likes of Erling Haaland and Harry Kane topping the list. The squad currently lacks a proper striker as Sergio Aguero is set to leave the club this summer as a free agent and Gabriel Jesus isn’t being trusted upon for the big games.
A sum in excess of £150 million would be required to lure either Haaland or Kane and it is natural to think that City would want to let go of Raheem Sterling to fund a big-money transfer.