Barcelona ‘are eyeing up a winter loan swoop for Raheem Sterling with the Manchester City forward a priority target’… and he is ‘interested in making the move for first-team action’
- Raheem Sterling has been struggling for minutes at Manchester City this season
- Sport claims that Barcelona are looking to sign the forward on loan this winter
- Sterling is reportedly open to making the move to gain more first-team action
- The same outlet adds the LaLiga club tried to bring in Sterling over the summer
Barcelona have made the loan signing of Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling a priority in the winter transfer window, according to reports.
Sterling has lost out on being an undisputed starter under Pep Guardiola and fallen out of favour in the side, forcing him to often settle for a place on the bench.
As a result, Sport have claimed that Sterling is even open to making the move to the Nou Camp in an attempt to play more first-team minutes.
Barcelona are looking to sign Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling on loan, according to reports
Revealing the sensational story on their front page this morning, the publication opted for the headline ‘Sterling Option’, alongside a picture of the player.
They have also said that Barcelona were working on wrapping up a loan swoop this summer, although this ultimately fell through with Sterling staying at City.
But they are unlikely to give up the chase, and the LaLiga club may, as indicated by the recent reports, move back in for him in just a matter of months.
The front page of newspaper Sport in Spain says that Sterling is Barcelona’s priority target
Sterling has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola and is said to be interested in the move
Sterling has featured prominently for City over his five-year stint so far, but found himself missing out on a spot in the starting XI over the final months of last season.
The likes of £100million man Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden may be ahead of him in the pecking order, although boss Guardiola heavily rotates.
After enjoying a superb campaign with England at Euro 2020, Sterling was handed a start against Tottenham in City’s Premier League opener.
Since then, though, he has not started any other matches, despite once again catching the eye for the Three Lions over the recent World Cup qualifiers.
The winger has started just one game for City this season despite impressing with England
A loan to Barcelona appears the likeliest move, because the club are unlikely to be able to broker a permanent deal in light of their dire financial situation.
President Joan Laporta hit out at the ‘lies’ of his predecessor Josep Maria Bartomeu last month, and pinned the blame on him for the ‘very worrying’ plight.
He also admitted that Barcelona, at the time of his comments, held a ‘negative net worth of €451m’ (£384m) and a debt that totals £1.15billion.
Even after the departure of Lionel Messi, they still struggled to register their new signings, and may need City to compromise to bring Sterling across to Spain.
Ronald Koeman’s side would be significantly strengthened by the temporary arrival of Sterling
Sterling has made 297 competitive appearances for City overall, scoring 72 goals and picking up 49 assists.
Sportsmail reported back in May that City were open to offers for Sterling, and that he headed a list of players they would be prepared to sell.
But the club also planned to discuss a new contract with the 26-year-old after the European Championship, with City calm about the situation.
As of yet, however, there has been no agreement, and Sterling’s current terms have less than two years before they run down.
Pep Guardiola says there is more to come for Sterling despite his limited first-team minutes
Meanwhile, Guardiola has hailed the impact of the winger, and believes there is more to come from him this season.
‘Do you know how many incredible successes we had in the last seasons, yeah? Impossible without Raheem. He’s such an important player,’ he said.
‘But I am here to tell them. He reached an incredible high standard and I have to tell him this is the standard we need, for you, for all of us.
‘And I’m pretty sure he will get it. If he’s able to do it, he will do it. And I’m so optimistic that he will do a great season.’