Liverpool target Real Madrid star to replace Anfield rebel Raheem Sterling

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Liverpool are resigned to losing Raheem Sterling in the summer and Brendan Rodgers is targeting Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev to cover for the winger’s imminent departure.

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Spanish newspaper AS report that the Reds are prepared to table a bid between €15-20m for the 24-year-old’s signature following his impressive loan stint with Villarreal.

The Russia international has spent this season at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium and isn’t likely to have a future at the Santiago Bernabeu under confirmed new manager Rafael Benitez [via Real’s official website].

Sterling may well leave Liverpool this summer after telling the Northern Irish manager that he wished to leave the club prior to their clash with Chelsea [via BBC Sport]. and, according to AS, Brendan Rodgers is after a forward of similar versatility to Raheem Sterling in the summer transfer window – and Cheryshev fits the bill.

Sterling can play a variety of positions in midfield and in attack – with the 21-year-old having played on the left and right side of an attacking three, as well as central attacking midfield, a central striker role, and even right wing back during the 2014-15 campaign.

This season, Cheryshev has scored six goals and registered six assists from left midfield, but is also capable of playing in a lone role up front, having played there twice.

His contract expires with Los Blancos in 2017 and as a result, the club may look to cash in on such players not expected to feature in the first team.

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