Real Madrid have re-ignited their interest in Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, according to Sky Sports.
Sky Sports News understands the Spanish giants are closely monitoring Sterling’s form - and will have club representatives in the crowd at Wembley when England’s UEFA Nations League campaign gets underway against Spain on Saturday September 8.
Scouts will continue to report back to the Bernabeu through to January, when Sterling will have just 18 months left on his contract.
However, no bids are expected for Raheem Sterling before the transfer window closes across Europe on Friday. However, Real’s interest is likely to be fuelled while Pep Guardiola is unable to tie the former Liverpool star down to a new deal.
In June we reported both parties had met twice after the end of the season, with talks breaking down and both sides apparently poles apart on the player's wages.
Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva and Nicolas Otamendi have all agreed new long-term deals in recent months. De Bruyne agreed a new six-year contract in January which, with bonuses will rise to £350,000 a week. Sterling meanwhile is presently earning around half that figure, at around £175,000 a week.
Last season Sterling scored 23 goals for City and opened this season’s account with the club’s first league goal in their 2-0 win at Arsenal. City paid Liverpool £49m for Sterling in 2015.