With continuing speculation over Raheem Sterling’s future at Liverpool after his interview with BBC Sport, a new angle has emerged that could add some explanation as to why the 20-year-old is biding his time over committing to anything at Anfield.
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With Real Madrid officially announcing the signing of Brazilian right-back Danilo from Porto, who will join the club next season, it has been speculated by AS that the Spanish giants are rushing to sign players this summer due to their fear of an impending transfer ban.
Barcelona are under a similar punishment at the moment by Fifa, and Real may be thinking ahead by signing promising young players as soon as possible, with Danilo’s arrival already in place in a somewhat surprising move as he does not immediately look like a player that is needed at the Bernabeu.
Sterling is another who wouldn’t necessarily command a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side straight away, but the England international is undoutbedly one of the best up-and-coming talents in world football, and one Real would surely benefit from having. If they wait a little longer, they may be forced to stand by and watch as their rivals beat them to it.
It may be that Sterling is being advised to take advantage of this situation in Madrid and get his dream move this summer. The more he holds Liverpool to ransom, the better position he is in to force the Reds to accept an offer if it does come in from the Spanish giants, who have previously been linked with an interest in his services.