Real Madrid will make an attempt to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in the summer, according to the Sun.
The newspaper reports that the La Liga club were already planning a bid for the 25-year-old but the Citizens’ Champions League ban has now made an approach even more likely.
The England international could reportedly fetch as much as £180m with the player still having over three years remaining on his current contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling has expressed a desire to play outside of England and it is believed Real will look to persuade the forward into leaving the Premier League with a hefty contract offer.
Any reports regarding player departures from City, though, should be taken with a pinch of salt. It’s likely that the Manchester club’s appeal against their Champions League ban to the Court of Arbitration of Sport will be heard before the end of the season, and if the decision is overturned, Real’s attempt to sign Sterling could falter.