Raheem Sterling ‘would consider a loan move to Barcelona if out of favour Manchester City star is still not a regular starter by January’ – but forward is ‘committed to winning back his spot under Pep Guardiola’
- Man City forward Raheem Sterling could be open to a loan move to Barcelona
- The Catalan giants have made no secret of their desire to sign the England star
- He has started three times in the Premier League this season under Guardiola
Raheem Sterling could be open to a loan move to Barcelona if he fails to cement a regular place in the Manchester City starting XI by January.
The Catalan giants have made no secret of their desire to sign the England forward, whose game time has been reduced under Pep Guardiola this season.
However, their current financial constraints could make a bid for the 26-year-old problematic.
Raheem Sterling could be open to a loan move to Barcelona if he fails to play more for City
According to The Times, Sterling is committed to winning back his place in the City team but could be open to a loan move to Barcelona if all else fails.
Sterling will have to compete with £100million summer signing Jack Grealish – who is starting the majority of matches from the left-hand side thus far.
Phil Foden also played out there during the dominant 2-0 victory at Manchester United in the derby last weekend.
Catalan giants Barcelona have made no secret of their desire to sign struggling star Sterling (L)
Sportsmail revealed in 2019 that Xavi had earmarked Sterling as a player he wanted to sign should he ever take over at the Nou Camp and Joan Laporta is now looking at structuring a deal.
Sterling also said last month that he would consider going abroad if it meant he would secure regular football.
He said in an interview for the Financial Times Business of Sport US Summit: ‘If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it.
Sportsmail revealed in 2019 that Xavi had earmarked Sterling as a player he wanted to sign
‘Football is the most important thing to me, [with the] challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams to go abroad as well.
‘As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought one day I’d love to play abroad – see how I would come up against that challenge.’
However, Barcelona’s current financial constraints could make a bid for the England striker problematic.
Sterling earns up to £300,000 a week at the Etihad Stadium and Barca would be expected to subsidise a percentage of those wages in a loan deal.
Sterling has started three times in the Premier League this season under boss Guardiola
As it stands, Sterling is heading into the final 18 months of his current deal at City.
He has started just three times in the Premier League this season and was an unused substitute in City’s clash with United at Old Trafford.
It is understood that negotiations over a new deal with City have reached a standstill.