REAL MADRID could make a sensational swoop for Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City are ready to smash the £300,000-a-week barrier to make him the Premier League’s top-paid player.
But according to the Mirror, Sterling has put contract talks on hold until AFTER the World Cup.
And the report claims the delay is sure to attract the attention of Real and other European powerhouses.
Los Blancos were linked with the England ace, who turns 23 on Friday, at the end of his Liverpool career in 2015.
Sterling has been on fire for City this season with 13 goals in all competitions, including last-gasp winners against Bournemouth, Feyenoord, Huddersfield and Southampton.
And Pep Guardiola’s leaders want to reward him after his amazing form.
Talks will confirm him as one of Europe’s top talents – with wages just one tier down from megastars Lionel Messi and Neymar.
A stellar new deal would see him eclipse Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who is on £290,000-a-week.
Pogba’s team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on more before his injury meant new terms with a fresh deal for the season.
Sterling is contracted at the Etihad until the summer of 2020 and wants his future tied down at the club.
He was reported to be on £180,000 a week when he arrived from Liverpool in July 2015.