Real Madrid To Offer 'Gareth Bale Plus £70m' In Stunning Move For Raheem Sterling
Real Madrid are reportedly lining up an audacious offer of Gareth Bale and £70m for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.
The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form under Pep Guardiola and is widely regarded as one of the best wingers in the world.
But Sky Sports reports that Madrid representatives will travel to watch Sterling in action for England in their Euro 2020 qualifying matches this month.
Should the former Liverpool star impress in the final two Euro 2020 qualifiers -- at home to Montenegro and away to Kosovo -- Madrid will reportedly decide on the 'final details of a proposal' to City.
Madrid managing director Jose Angel Sanchez had met with Sterling's representatives in the summer in a failed bid to land the City star.
According to Sky Sports, Los Blancos president Florentino Perez is pushing ahead with a deal for Sterling to avoid his stock from rocketing up from the staggering £150m valuation at present.
However, Guardiola has a vested interest in keeping Sterling at the Etihad and has little interest in signing Madrid wantaway Bale, whose move to China collapsed in the summer.
If the 30-year-old Welsh winger remains at Madrid, Los Blancos could be forced to pay a figure beyond the £198m world-record fee splashed out by Paris Saint-Germain on Neymar in 2017.
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The in-form Sterling has been firing on all cylinders this season as City defend the league title against Liverpool and mount a challenge for the Champions League.
The City winger has made 15 appearances across all competitions and scored an impressive 13 times, along with registering five assists.
Sterling has credited his transformation at City down to the maturity level he now possesses.
"One thing is age," he said, before adding: "I was 19 or 20 when I came to City and I was nowhere near the maturity level I am now.
"Another is being in a good team, and then the final thing is down to yourself -- it's what you want to do in football.
"Do you want to be a winger who takes ten people on and delivers nothing or do you want to be someone who helps win games for your team?
"I think all that comes with maturity.
"I keep learning each day to be better at it and to be involved in the game and be effective."
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