With Real Madrid reportedly among the many admirers of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling as he stalls on signing a new contract at Anfield, why should the Reds not find some way to use this situation to their advantage?
Sterling does not have long left remaining on his contract, meaning Liverpool may be forced to accept bids that come their way for him this summer. Still, as long as he is under contract they do retain some power of this transfer, and can demand whatever they like, so could they try an audacious move to sign Real Madrid’s unsettled forward Gareth Bale?
The Welshman, formerly a Premier League star with Tottenham Hotspur, has become increasingly unpopular with the Bernabeu fans this season after a dip in his performances. The Daily Mail reported back in December that a majority of their supporters would happily see him leave for a return to England with Manchester United.
ESPN have addded fuel to that rumour, saying Bale is one of their main targets after securing lucrative sponsorship deals with Chevrolet and Adidas, but with the offer of Sterling in return, perhaps Liverpool could hold some advantage in the race for the ex-Spurs flyer?
It remains to be seen if Liverpool are even interested in the player, of course, with some feeling he has been over hyped for his time at Tottenham, showing that he cannot cut it at a top club with some mixed performances for Real, though surely Brendan Rodgers would see that he could make a fine replacement for Sterling in a position that Liverpool will badly need to strengthen if they do lose their star player.
Swap deals are not that common and are perhaps a little more complicated than they seem, but this does seem like one the Reds should consider; there may not be a better opportunity to land such a world class player for such relatively little cost.