It appears that Real Madrid were put on high alert following the news that Raheem Sterling has stopped contract extension negotiations with Liverpool until this summer, leaving a window for Los Blancos to try and pry the Jamaican-born English international away from Anfield.
According to the Mirror, Sterling has halted contract talks after several weeks of negotiations as he prefers to remained focused on helping Liverpool finish as high as they can in the Premier League and fight to reach the FA Cup final.
However, the lull in talks could provide the prefect opportunity for Real Madrid to swoop in and try to steal the 20-year-old away from the iconic English club, but the report states that they may have to fend off advances from Bayern Munich, who have also been linked to the forward in recent weeks.
Sterling currently earns £35,000 a week on a deal that expires in 2017, and while Brendan Rodgers recently stated that they club have offered the star a deal believed to be worth £100,000 a week, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are capable of offering that and more to the coveted youngster.
Rodgers also admitted that should Sterling decide to join one of the top clubs in Europe, Liverpool would be unable to stop him and would be forced to accept his transfer fee.
Liverpool's chances of keeping Sterling are all dependent on their success this season and if they are able to offer the forward hope of winning titles in the future.