Anfield youngster strongly linked with Merseyside exit.
Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling is reportedly demanding a hefty pay rise as contract negotiations with his Anfield side continue and this has led to renewed interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid according to the Daily Mail.
The 20 year old England international, who was this weekend won the prestigious TuttoSport Golden Boy award, is said to be looking to secure upwards of £100k a week though Liverpool’s top offer if £70k a week, and the disparity between the two figures may prove insurmountable.
Sterling is into his fourth season at Liverpool and is rightly considered a hugely talented prospect though he may do well to rein in his demands given the faith the Merseyside outfit has shown him since his move from QPR back in 2010.
Whilst Liverpool will of course be keen to keep hold of Sterling they are also not likely to be willing to be held to ransom and no all to well that a hefty salary offer could lead other members of Brendan Rodgers’ squad asking for pay-rises.
Liverpool may elect to hold off on agreeing any big money deals until the end of the season as a lot could depend on whether the club secure a Champions League berth for 2015/16, and the subsequent riches that come with qualification.
Sterling has already racked up 101 appearances for Liverpool and is very much a fan favourite but no player is indispensable and as such the wide-man should no his worth but only within reason.