Liverpool to offer Raheem Sterling £100k a week to fight off Real Madrid interest
The deal is expected to be tied up within the next few weeks, with the Reds wanting a hefty trigger fee to make it clear to Europe’s top clubs they will need deep pockets if they hope to lure away the England international.
Real Madrid have been linked with the 19-year-old and Liverpool are determined to protect themselves should a bid come in for one of their prize assets.
Kop chiefs ended up in a tricky situation over Luis Suarez when Arsenal heard the Uruguay striker had a £40m clause in his contract – so offered one pound more.
As a result Suarez eventually signed a fresh deal at Anfield – with an increased release payment of £75m – and then joined Barcelona last summer.
Sterling’s representatives have been in regular discussions with the club’s hierarchy over the winger’s future.
He still has three years left on his current deal but Liverpool aim to have a five-year agreement signed and sealed this month.
Real had been monitoring Sterling and were aware his £30,000-a-week wages do not match his burgeoning reputation.