Football team Real Madrid is set to discuss the possibility of a 45 million pound ($69 million) deal to acquire Liverpool player Raheem Sterling, the Sun reported on Monday. Sterling will reportedly open the talks with Real Madrid during the friendly match between the two teams in Spain on June 14.
Rafa Benitez, who is slated to head the Real Madrid, is reportedly looking to acquire the 20-year-old Sterling, putting him on the same path as former players like Xabi Alonso and Steven McManaman, who also left Liverpool for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid has reportedly valued Sterling at $91 million. An unnamed Real Madrid official told the Sun: "A deal for Sterling is possible. He is definitely on the agenda and a deal could happen very soon if Liverpool want to do business."
Other teams, including Arsenal and Chelsea, have also reportedly been courting Sterling, although Manchester City has reportedly expressed a stronger interest in the player.
Former Liverpool player Graeme Souness said on Monday that Sterling is “miles away” from being a solid player.
“The priority should be playing football and improving and hopefully becoming a proper player one day,” he said, according to the Express. "All he is, is a promising talent. He's a million miles away from being a proper player," he added, urging Sterling not to leave Liverpool.