Liverpool poised to make €76m mistake with Raheem Sterling?

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool could be making a big error by setting a release clause in Raheem Sterling's contract.

Liverpool are reported to be interested in putting a release clause in Raheem Sterling's next contract, but surely this would be a huge mistake?

The Mirror report the Reds want to 'ward off' interest from abroad in the winger, by placing a clause of £60 million - equivalent to €76 million, in his deal.

The paper writes: "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."

If Liverpool think this will guarantee their chances of keeping the winger, this could be a crucial miscalculation.

Sterling is the top nominee for Europe's prestigious Golden Boy award, won previously by the likes of Paul Pogba and Lionel Messi. Such a accolade would only add to his reputation.

At 19, he is already regarded as one of the world's best young talents, and is far ahead in his development than Gareth Bale was at the same age.

Bale signed for Real for £86 million last summer, equivalent to €109 million, and would likely see the suggested price in Sterling's deal as a bargain.

Given the rate prices inflate, in two or three years, £60 million for Raheem Sterling could look like Liverpool have backed themselves into even more of a corner than they have.

A side like Real Madrid have no problem spending big money on world class potential, as they showed with James Rodriguez this summer.

Liverpool will leave themselves open with such a miscalculation in their attempts to over-price Sterling, and could leave him looking very affordable to Europe's big guns.

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