England’s Jamaican-born winger Raheem Sterling is reportedly set to put pen to paper on an improved contract to keep him at Liverpool for the next five years.
The new deal is an improvement on the one he signed in December 2012, which still has more than two years to run, and is intended to ward off interest from the likes of European heavyweights Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
It is being widely reported that negotiations are close to conclusion – and sterling will be rewarded with a salary of £100,000 a week.
A source is quoted in the Mail on Sunday as saying: “It was always the club’s intention to show Raheem how much we value him and the belief is the new contract will be in place by the end of the month.”
The story also made back-page headlines in the Sunday Telegraph, while the Liverpool Echo claimed the club is confident” that an agreement is close.
It follows Sterling’s winning the 2014 Golden Boy Award which is given by sports journalists to a player aged under 21 in Europe who has performed to the highest level.