REAL Madrid are poised to hoover up the best talent in the Premier League if reports are to be believed – and England’s biggest clubs are facing a battle to keep their best stars.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are steeling themselves for a concerted raid on their superstars by the Spanish giants.
Raheem Sterling has put contract talks with City on ice until after next summer's World Cup which is bound to re-ignite Real’s interest in the player whose goals have been so key to the Premier League leaders’ current unstoppable league form.
Sterling has two years left on his current deal, which is worth £180,000-a-week.
But boss Pep Guardiola warned: "He’s still young and we hope to make him happy so that he can stay for longer."
Meanwhile Chelsea could lose their star playmaker Eden Hazard to Real.
Hazard is refusing to sign a new deal in the hope Real will move to sign him.
The Blues are willing to offer him £300,000-a-week to stay at Stamford Bridge - a record figure for the club.
But Hazard, 26, believes his chances of playing for the Spanish giants would be over if he signs an extension to his current deal which has two-and-a-half years to run. Real boss Zinedine Zidane is known to be a huge admirer of Hazard.
And Liverpool are facing a double threat from the Spanish giants.
Real are weighing up a January swoop for midfielder Emre Can, whose current contract expires in the summer and he is still yet to pen fresh terms with the Reds.
It means Liverpool could be forced to sell the 23-year-old in January or risk losing him for nothing at the end of the season.
More worryingly for Jurgen Klopp, his main striker Mohamed Salah is also on Real’s wishlist, according to Egypt head coach Hector Cuper.
Salah has been a revelation since his £37million move from Roma in the summer – scoring 17 goals in 21 appearances for his new club.
Salah penned a five-year deal when he signed for the Reds in June but, according to his national team manager, Real Madrid are already looking to take him away from Anfield.
Cuper said: “I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah.”