Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have apparently taken the lead in the race to sign wantaway Liverpool star Raheem Sterling after they opened talks with his agent about a possible summer move, according to German tabloid Bild.
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The 20-year-old looks increasingly likely to leave Anfield this summer as he seeks a massive pay rise as well as regular participation in the Champions League.
The competition for his signature is set to be fierce, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City all interested in securing his future.
However, Bayern chief Pep Guardiola is keen to bring in a long term replacement for veteran winger Franck Ribery and sees the young England international as the perfect solution.
Bild claims that Guardiola’s brother, Pere, has already contacted Sterling’s agent about a move and the club will now seek to speak with the player himself.
Bayern are also believed to be in the market for a new right-back.