Report: Guardiola wants man who oversaw Suarez exit to start Sterling talks

German tabloid Bild has reported Pep Guardiola has ordered the club to start talks with Raheem Sterling's representatives.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly ordered talks with the representatives of Liverpool star Raheem Sterling.

The Spaniard is apparently protecting himself against the chance he won’t sign Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund and Sterling is thought to be the main alternative according to Bild.

“According to a report in German sports daily Bild, Bayern boss Pep Guardiola has 'instructed' his brother Pere Guardiola - Luis Suarez's agent - to begin talks with representatives of the England international,” reads a report from the Daily Mail.

Reus is thought to be the subject of interest from plenty of clubs all over Europe and it’s unclear whether he’ll turn his back on his Dortmund roots and join the club’s main rivals.

An exit is likely considering the struggles of BVB this season, but Reus is extremely loyal to them and may take a move to England or Spain ahead of betraying the club he’s supported since he was a child.

The Mail suggests that Guardiola is losing patience with the German midfielder, which has seemingly prompted him to start considering alternatives ahead of the January window.

It’s unlikely that Liverpool would allow a deal to be struck in the middle of a season and especially considering Sterling is one of the club’s most important attacking players.

However, they can do little about agents and officials talking behind the scenes, with Guardiola reportedly keen to ensure he has a top quality, young and dynamic attacking midfielder to come into his squad one way or another.

Liverpool hold all of the aces but Bayern Munich are one of the biggest clubs in the world at the moment.

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