Balague: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling could be next Real Madrid 'Galactico'

Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool has been called into question recently.

This summer Real Madrid did what they always do, went into the market and bought two of the most in the moment stars in world football. This time around the deals had a World Cup theme. Just like when Fabio Cannavaro headed their way after the World Cup in 2006 and Mesut Ozil 2010 this time it was Colombian James Rodriguez and German Toni Kroos that headed to the Bernabeu. Costa Rican stopper Keylor Navas also made the move to Madrid.

The year before that it was Gareth Bale and in the past the likes of David Beckham, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo have filled the Galactico role.

But who is next?

Every team fears the call from Real. Manchester City are probably scared it will be Sergio Aguero, Borussia Dortmund Marco Reus.

But Liverpool might just have the most to fear. Reports have already claimed that Real are keen on Liverpool attacker Raheem Sterling. Now, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has made it clear that his money would be on Sterling becoming the next Galactico.

Speaking to Bleacher Report he said:

"They don't need anybody, this is a very good Real Madrid side. 16 consecutive victories but they do need somebody else, somebody young, somebody fashionable and out of any possible player that you think is going to be huge and this is the time to get him for Real Madrid, perhaps I only see one. It may be a little bit too early for this but what do you think about Sterling being the next Galactico?

"I say Sterling for one reason. He is obviously going to or already arrived at what it will take for him to be one of the best players in the world. At some point there were doubts over whether he was mentally and physically able to do it, not so long ago actually. He has overcome a lot of difficulties and he has overcome them in a way that you expect him to continue growing. I don't think he has reached his potential yet. If that progression continues there will be a point where Real Madrid say 'ok, you can be the next Galactico.'"

Liverpool have been ironing out final details of a new deal for Sterling, with a reported £60 million buy-out clause for months now, with an agreement seemingly completed in October but nothing official confirmed.

They might want to push it through before Balague's prediction becomes practice. Not many can reject the lure of Real, it is doubtful Sterling is any more immune to their charms.

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