Sterling Rejects Latest Liverpool Contract Offer
According to the Mirror, Raheem Sterling has turned down Liverpool's latest contract offer and thus giving hope to the likes of Real Madrid. It's reported that Liverpool's latest offer was not at the £100,000 per week mark that Sterling wants to be earning and now they'll be forced to meet his demands or face losing him in the summer.
Sterling's contract saga is becoming reminiscent of Theo Walcott's long negotiations with Arsenal in late 2012 and early 2013. Arsenal eventually bit the bullet and gave Walcott the wages he was asking for to avoid another star player leaving the club. That was a big moment and possible turning point for the Gunners in terms of showing they can hold onto talent rather than sell their best players every year. Liverpool would be wise to emulate Arsenal's pragmatism, although with no guarantee of Champions League football, it's always hard to persuade a player to stay.
Even if Sterling does sign a new deal, Liverpool fans will know all too well that unless the club are showing they can challenge for the title, he may be tempted to leave anyway. Real Madrid are circling and can smell blood.