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Liverpool's Raheem Sterling is Bayern Munich's "Plan B" if Marco Reus transfer fails

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The England international is Bayern's backup plan if Marco Reus doesn't join FC Bayern.

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A new candidate has emerged as a possible transfer for Bayern Munich, and he plays at one of Europe's historically great clubs. However, if Bild is to be believed, it all hinges on whatever decision Marco Reus will make next summer.

Bayern will push hard for Marco Reus to leave Dortmund for Munich and are obviously willing to pay his extremely low buyout clause of only €25 million. However, Bayern are already working on "Plan B" in case Reus decides against joining the Bavarians, according to Bild+.

That "Plan B" is Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. The midfielder only turned 20 years old on December 8 and is under contract with Liverpool until 2017. So, for FC Bayern to pry him out of Anfield, it would likely take well north of €25 million to see him swap addresses to the Allianz Arena.

The Daily Mail, in their reporting of the Bild+ story, say that Sterling is balking at Liverpool's recent contract offer to more than double his current salary. With Liverpool crashing out of the Champions League and struggling in the league, perhaps Sterling will be open to a move.

Pep has supposedly asked his brother Pere, a player agent, to speak with Sterling's representatives and feel out a possible move to Germany.

If Sterling were to make the move, he would become only the fourth British player to ever play for Bayern (Mark Hughes, Alan McInally, and Owen Hargreaves) and only the fourth player Bayern has ever purchased from England (Jürgen Klinsmann-Tottenham, Jérôme Boateng-Manchester City, Pepe Reina-Liverpool, and Alan McInally-Aston Villa).