European giants, Real Madrid are planning to launch an all-out assault to sign Raheem Sterling from Manchester City in the summer, following the UEFA Champions League ban imposed on the defending Premier League champions.
As per the Sun, Madrid were always said to be keen to make a move for the England international who is rated at £180million, and now the Los Blancos chiefs believe that a lack of European football could see the winger decide to make a move away from the club.
Sheikh Mansour will not turn his back on his £1.5Billion investment in Manchester City, while also ordering that there will be no sales of stars like Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane if UEFA's ban is upheld.— Man City Xtra (@City_Xtra) February 15, 2020
The 25-year-old is currently contracted with City till 2023 and earns £300,000-a-week at present, though he had began talks last November to increase his salary to around £450,000-per-week. However, with City set to miss the Champions League next season, they will miss out on £170million income from participating in Europe and that could hinder the negotiations over his wages.
Sterling for his part has admitted in the past that he would love to play abroad at some stage in his career and that could happen sooner or rather than later if City's ban in Europe is implemented next season.
Widely considered as one of the best wingers in the world, Sterling has thrived under Pep Guardiola at City, and has so far scored 89 goals in 226 appearances, helping them win two Premier League titles and one FA Cup.