As his contract talks continue at Liverpool, more clubs around Europe are joining the list of interested onlookers as Raheem Sterling’s future continues to remain uncertain.
With the Liverpool and England winger, 19, still on a fairly paltry contract for a player of his caliber, Sterling is due for a big pay hike after an impressive World Cup and start to the 2014-15 season in the Premier League.
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Whether or not Liverpool are the team who gives him that is another matter, as reports suggest French giants Paris Saint-Germain have now joined Real Madrid as clubs aiming to tempt Sterling away from Anfield.
The Daily Express claim that Sterling could ‘triple his wages’ instantly in Paris as they look to find a replacement for outgoing winger Adrien Radiot who is out of favor at the Parc des Princes. With Real Madrid sniffing around too, Sterling certainly isn’t short of suitors and Brendan Rodgers will be a nervous man following his teams’ shaky start to the season. Rodgers has spoken about the contract negotiations and said he is wary of giving young players ‘too much too soon’ but is also relaxed that Sterling will sign a new deal. However, Sterling’s agent has been criticized by former Liverpool player Jamie Carragher for trying to engineer a move away from Liverpool for his client.
Sterling has burst onto the scene over the past two seasons and was a key component, alongside Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, in Liverpool’s second-place finish in the PL last season. According to reports, Sterling only earns around $50,000 per week and could demand in excess of $150,000 given the level of his recent performances. So far this year he has scored three goals and added two assists in seven games in the PL and Liverpool believe he is happy to remain at the club after they signed Sturridge to a contract extension.
But until Sterling signs a new deal at Liverpool, intense speculation will continue about his future.