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Barcelona eyeing a move for Raheem Sterling

Barcelona are said to be considering a move for Raheem Sterling this summer with the Manchester City winger emerging as a potential transfer target.

The Spanish giants are currently assessing the market for reinforcements following a disappointing campaign, having exited the Champions League at the last 16, in addition to finishing third in La Liga.

 

Barcelona’s concerning financial situation has meant the Catalans have looked at cost-efficient methods of strengthening during the window to date, having secured the free transfer signings of Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia from Manchester City.

SPORT are now reporting that the Spaniards are considering a third raid on the Etihad with a move for Sterling, who found himself out of favour during the second half of the 2020/21 campaign.

Sterling has played an integral role in the club’s successes during the Pep Guardiola era and has scored 114 goals in 292 appearances since signing from Liverpool, though the emergence of Phil Foden and the form of Riyad Mahrez saw his role reduced last term.

Barcelona are reportedly confident of raising funds through sales this summer and are understood to have placed Sterling on their list of potential high-profile targets.

Makeweights may be required in order to get a deal done, with Sergi Roberto one player who has been linked with a move in the opposite direction in recent months.

Barcelona have also been credited as admirers of Aymeric Laporte, who like Sterling found his role reduced at the Etihad following the success of the Ruben Dias/John Stones partnership at centre-back last season.

As for Sterling, Arsenal have also been credited with an interest in the winger, though it is unknown as to whether the north London side have the finances to do a deal, while they are also unable to offer any kind of European football.

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