According to a report in The Daily Mail last month, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich both are interested in Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling.
The England international’s current contract with Liverpool runs out in June 2017, but he has reportedly turned down an offer of £100,000-a-week to sign a new deal.
This has led to speculation that Madrid and Bayern are monitoring the situation, with The Mirror also claiming last month that Arsenal are interested in Sterling.
Whether Madrid or Bayern are make a move for the 20-year-old in the summer transfer window remains to be seen, but if they do, then one thing is clear: it would be a no-brainer for Sterling to join them.
As big a club as Liverpool are, Madrid and Bayern are much, much bigger. In fact, Madrid are the biggest club in the world for whom playing is a privilege for any footballer.
If the Spanish giants do come calling, then it makes no sense for Sterling to reject them. True, the youngster will be under huge pressure at Los Blancos and will not be guaranteed playing time, but this chance may never come again.
Playing for Madrid is ‘once in a lifetime' opportunity, and if Sterling reject them, then he may never get to play for the 10-time European Cup winners in his career.
The same holds true for Bayern. The German giants are one of the three best teams in Europe at the moment and have one of the top-three coaches in the world.
Playing under Pep Guardiola is a dream, and Sterling would learn so much from the former Barcelona boss.
Moreover, at Madrid and Bayern, the Liverpool attacker will be surrounded by some of the best players on the planet; playing with them and learning off them will be hugely beneficial for the development of the youngster.
After all, having teammates such as Cristiano Ronaldo, James Rodriguez, Toni Kroos, Xabi Alonson, Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm is something that is only going to improve a player.