Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move to Real Madrid recently which, given his less than impressive recent displays, could represent the ideal opportunity for Pep Guardiola to get rid of the England international this summer.
According to the Daily Star, the winger is back on Real Madrid’s radar after losing his starting spot in Guardiola’s side in recent weeks due to his poor run of form.
It is suggested that, due to Sterling’s contract being set to expire in 2023, City would be able to demand at least £80m for the 26-year-old should Los Blancos make an official approach when the transfer window opens.
Whilst he has contributed 11 goals and 10 assists in all competitions this season, his recent form has been far from good enough, as he has failed to find the back of the net in any of his last nine appearances in Guardiola’s side.
He has also been guilty of missing big chances and drifting out of important games, emphasised by his dreadful performances in the home defeats against Manchester United and Leeds United in recent weeks.
Phil Foden’s superb form has seen him move ahead of Sterling in the pecking order and whilst there is no doubt that when Sterling is on form, he is a top-quality footballer, it is hard to see him being selected ahead of the 20-year-old for any of City’s important upcoming fixtures.
Therefore, if Real Madrid are truly interested in signing him this summer, then perhaps City should look to cash in on him after his poor run of form, as the money from his sale could easily be used to bring in a replacement, whilst Guardiola isn’t exactly short of options on the wing in his first-team squad.
Whilst Guardiola once described Sterling as “remarkable“, there is no denying that his form in the past couple of months has been awful, so this Madrid interest may well prove to be the ideal opportunity for City to get rid of him before his value drops even further.