La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are still interested in signing 27-year-old English international Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
According to a report by TEAMtalk, Pep Guardiola is sweating over the futures of several attacking players in the Manchester City squad, including Raheem Sterling. The 27-year-old English international is the subject of interest from Barcelona over a possible move in the summer transfer window.
Raheem Sterling has come a long way since joining Manchester City from Liverpool as a prodigious winger in July 2015. Over the last seven years, the player has established himself as a pivotal figure for club and country. And on the back of a memorable UEFA Euro 2020 campaign, Sterling has enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign.
The 27-year-old has a tally of ten goals and four assists in 25 Premier League appearances, playing an important role by contributing with crucial strikes. But Sterling’s contract situation has put Manchester City in a spot of bother, with his deal running out in a little over a year. Such a situation has captured the attention of Barcelona.
Barcelona will delve into the market for attacking reinforcements in the summer transfer window, with signing a wide forward one of their objectives. That is because Ousmane Dembele’s situation remains uncertain amid dragged out contract renewal talks. At the same time, Adama Traore is not guaranteed to rejoin Barcelona permanently after his loan deal expires.
With Ansu Fati’s fitness woes well documented, investing in a proven quantity like Raheem Sterling could be a step in the right direction, especially with Memphis Depay facing an uncertain future at Camp Nou. Barcelona had shown an interest in Sterling heading into the January transfer window but have retained their interest after choosing to sign Ferran Torres instead.
Recent reports have claimed that the Catalan giants are one of the clubs keenly following Sterling’s contract situation in the hopes of launching a summer move. And with the 27-year-old English international yet to commit his long-term future to Manchester City, Barcelona could be in contention to land him.
Apart from Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez also face uncertain futures at Manchester City, with Jesus likely to leave amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain. As for Sterling, it will be interesting to see if he commits his long-term future to the Premier League champions or departs in the summer, with Barcelona lurking in the shadows.