Report: Bayern Munich eye Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling as Ribery replacement

Raheem Sterling

The youngster seemingly wants out of Anfield and the German giants are the latest to be linked with a move.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are eyeing Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling as a potential replacement for Franck Ribery, according to Sport.

The German champions are wary over the long-term fitness of the Frenchman after he suffered a series of injuries last season, with the latest ankle injury having the potential to bring his career to a premature end.

That has led manager Pep Guardiola to seek potential replacements, and he has now reportedly identified Sterling as the ideal replacement, in the process making him the club’s main target for this summer transfer window.

The England winger’s future at Anfield is uncertain after he has failed to agree a new deal with the club, despite months of negotiations. That has led to increased speculation about a possible move, with clubs all over Europe being linked with a transfer.

He would likely jump at the chance to join Bayern, where league titles are an almost certainty, while competing for the Champions League crown is a yearly expectation. According to Sport, the club are willing to pay as much as £71 million to secure the highly rated youngster.

While Liverpool are naturally not keen to lose their star man, for that price, it’s hard to imagine them saying no. Whether Sterling is worth it is another question, but there’s no denying he could become a world superstar under the tutelage of Guardiola, who does have a history of developing young talent.

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