Former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is expected to make Raheem Sterling a transfer priority if he takes over at Real Madrid as expected, The Mirror is reporting.
The Spaniard is being lined up to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu after the Italian manager was sacked on Monday.
Benitez has been in charge of Serie A club Napoli for the past couple of seasons, but is now out of contract and is set to realise an ambition of managing Real.
Sterling was brought to Anfield in 2010 from Queens Park Rangers and Benitez played a pivotal role in the deal.
He introduced Sterling, who was just fifteen at the time, to key members of his squad, including Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, as well as club legend Kenny Dalglish.
Selling Sterling is not what the club are looking to do, but if he refuses to sign a new deal this Summer it would be preferable to see him move abroad rather than to a Premier League rival.
Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been linked with moves for Sterling in the past few weeks and his future could be dependent on whether Gareth Bale is kept by Real.
Should the Welsh international become available, then the top four Premiership clubs will most likely switch their attention to him, leaving Sterling as the second choice for most.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has said that he expects the England international to see out the final two years of his contract, but it seems likely that he will be sold if he doesn’t want to stay.
It looks like a transfer situation that could become a saga this Summer. If it hasn’t already.