Liverpool are struggling to convince winger Raheem Sterling to sign a new contract, according to a report.
The England international’s current contract with the Premier League outfit runs until June 2017, but the Reds want him to agree to a new and longer deal in order to fend off interest from other clubs.
Real Madrid have been credited with an interest in Sterling, who has been one of the best players for Liverpool since last season and is regarded as one of the most promising youngsters in Europe.
However, according to The Telegraph, Liverpool are struggling to meet his wage demands. It has been reported that Sterling is currently on £30,000-a-week salary and has been offered £70,000 per week with bonuses, but it is not enough.
Given the talent of Sterling and the form he has shown, £30,000 a week is indeed meagre when one compares what other top footballers get, but perhaps the youngster should be happy with £70,000 per week.
As good a player Sterling is, he is only 20 years of age. Asking for more than what he has been offered may be a negotiation tactic, but perhaps some kind of reality check is needed.
But Liverpool may not be able to do much about it. Sterling is the club’s best player, and if they fail to meet his wage demands, then they may end up losing him, maybe not next summer but in the following years.