Expect Raheem Sterling to be in the news a lot between now and the start of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
After reports emerged that the winger will be telling Liverpool he has no interest in signing a new contract with them, everything from outraged reaction to booing at award ceremonies and potential destinations for the rebel Red has filled the football media.
The latest line on the situation indicates that, beyond Manchester City, there is an interest from around the continent in acquiring the England man’s services.
When Ladbrokes priced up the list of potential next club’s for Sterling, the shortest option from around Europe was Real Madrid at 7/1.
It is not, however, the Spanish giants that have made the first tentative steps of courtship towards the 20-year-old. Instead, German newspaper Bild has reported that Bayern Munich, an 8/1 shot to be Sterling’s next club, are interested in signing the player.
Giving the move a dose of thought, it could rate as quite a good one for the Kingston, Jamaica native. Both of Bayern’s world-beating current wingers, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, are entering the twilights of their careers and the club do not have immediate successors waiting in the wings.
Xherdan Shaqiri, who would have been next in line to inherit a starting spot from the duo, was sold to Inter this season, leaving a crop of inexperienced locals waiting in the wings.
Sterling may not initially play as much as he has grown accustomed to should he move to the Allianz Arena, but he could quickly emerge as a superstar in Munich once Robben or Ribery make way.
According to the Londoner, the pang for trophies is his driving ambition and the Bavarian club would certainly help him realise those dreams.
There have only been four seasons in the last 10 where Bayern have failed to get their mitts on some form of silverware, with all of the other six campaigns ending in either a double or a treble.
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