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Real Madrid plotting bid for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering making a player-plus-cash deal to try and tempt Manchester City into parting with Raheem Sterling, according to reports.

Sky Sports News has claimed that Real are lining up a bid of £70 million plus Gareth Bale for Sterling.

Madrid officials are understood to be monitoring Sterling’s performances for City and England over the next month before finalising their plans.

Los Blancos have a long-standing interest in Sterling – they met with his representatives in the summer but no bid was forthcoming – and president Florentino Perez is know to be a big fan of the player.

However, it is thought that City boss has little interest in signing 30-year-old Bale. He will also not want to part with a crucial part of his side who is entering the peak years of his career.

While Sterling is on record as saying he would like to play in La Liga at some point, it would likely take a bid of close to if not more than the £198 million record that Paris St-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar.

All the factz on England v Bulgaria Euro 2020 Group A qualifier, including which TV channel its on

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England return to action for the first time since the summer by resuming their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium. 

A win today would strengthen the Three Lions’ grip on Group A. Bulgaria meanwhile need a win to enhance their chances of qualifying.

The match kicks off at 5pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* England top Group A with 6 points, having played a game fewer than their nearest challengers.
* Bulgaria are bottom, with 2 draws and 2 defeats from their opening 4 matches.
* England last met Bulgaria in September 2011 in a qualifying match for Euro 2012. The Three Lions ran out 0-3 winners in Sofia.
* There have been 10 previous meetings between the sides and England have never lost. They have won 6 and drawn the others.
* James Maddison could win his first England cap today. Since the start of last season in the Premier League, he has created 109 chances – 39 more than any other Englishman.
* Mason Mount could also feature after scoring 2 goals in his first 4 Premier League matches. He has played for England at every level from under-16s.
* Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are England’s most experienced players, with 51 caps each.
* Harry Kane has most goals in the current squad with 22 strikes in 39 appearances.
* Bulgaria have a similarly inexperienced squad to England. Only captain Ivelin Popov has more than 50 caps (84).
* Popov is also top scorer in this squad with 15 goals. No other player in the squad has more than 2 international goals.

All the factz on Montenegro v England, including which TV channel its on

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It’s the second part of the Euro 2020 qualifiers double-header tonight with Montenegro playing host to England. 

It’s early days in Group A but both sides will be looking for a positive result to gain an advantage in the group.

The match kicks off at 7.45pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* This is the fifth meeting between the sides. Of the previous 4 encounters, 3 have ended all-square, including the two times the sides have met in Montenegro. England won the other match 4-1.
* The sides have only ever met in competitive fixtures – in qualifying for Euro 2012 and for the 2014 World Cup.
* England have won their last 4 matches – they haven’t won 5 in a row since 2015.
* Montenegro have lost 3 of their last 5 matches, winning once. The draw was in their opening qualifier versus Bulgaria.
* Raheem Sterling’s hat-trick last time out was the first by an England player since Harry Kane’s against Panama at the World Cup last June.
* Sterling how has 5 goals in his last 3 England appearances, having scored just 2 in his first 45.
* If Jordan Henderson plays tonight, he will won his 50th cap.
* Stefan Mugosa is the form man for Montenegro, with 4 goals in his last 4 appearances.
* Regular Captain – and Montenegro’s record goalscorer with 24 strikes – is Stefan Jovetic who Manchester City fans will remember. However, he is out injured.
* Captain in his absence will be another player Manchester City fans will remember, defender Stefan Savic.

Real Madrid considering bid for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

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Champions League winners Real Madrid could step up their interest in signing Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, according to reports.

Sterling caught the eye in England’s 2-3 win against Spain in Seville on Monday night, scoring his first international goals in 27 appearances. He was watched at that game by scouts from Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.

Madrid have a long-standing interest in the 23-year-old, having monitored him before his switch from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015, with then-manager Zinedine Zidane confirming their interest.

Sterling has 18 months left on his current deal and, while talks over a new contract are ongoing, an agreement has yet to be reached.

City bosses will be aware that Sterling’s value will quickly diminish after January 2019 if they cannot reach an agreement. With this in mind, Madrid may come in with a big money offer to tempt City into parting with him.

If City cannot agree terms with Sterling, then there will likely be a host of top clubs interested in signing him. Madrid could wait until his contract does run down, but then run the risk of another club coming in for him first.

Sterling has put in some impressive performances for City in the past 18 months, adding regular goal scoring to his game; he scored 23 last term when City waltzed to the Premier League title and already has 7 goals to his name this season. In today’s transfer market, he is likely to be worth north of £100 million – which would be no object to Madrid.

All the factz on Manchester City v Newcastle United including which TV channel its on

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In the tea-time kick off in the Premier League Manchester City play Newcastle United. The match kicks off at 5.30pm and it is live on BT Sport1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* Raheem Sterling scored the only goal when the sides met at St James’s Park.
* City lost for the first time in 30 PL matches against Liverpool last time out.
* In their last 6 matches, Newcastle have won 2, lost 2 and drawn 2.
* City are unbeaten at home in 23 PL matches, winning 18.
* Newcastle have won their last 2 away matches. They haven’t won 3 in a row away since 2001.