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Guardiola proposes swap deal involving Barcelona’s Pedri for Man City ace



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In pursuit of change to their dynamics in the first team, Barcelona have attempted to recruit several proven players. The Catalan giants have struggled to amass the necessary funds to bring anybody in. A player of interest is Raheem Sterling, one who the Blaugrana have desired from the start of last summer.

Despite their interest, the problem lies in money. Sterling is not receiving many minutes, especially given the arrival of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Due to this, according to El Nacional, Barça tried to initiate a swap deal involving Ousmane Dembele. The problem came in the fact that he suffered an injury at the European Championship, and could thus not be signed.

Because of this, he could not be sent the other way. There is now no need to swap since the Frenchman’s contract ends this summer. Manchester City have nothing more to do with Sterling, and Barcelona still want him. Due to this, the Citizens have made an offer: Sterling can come if, and only if, Pedri Gonzalez goes the other way.

The Spanish midfielder had been untouchable for most of last season. The current Golden Boy winner played a whopping 73 games, more than anyone last season.

Thus, he ended up suffering an injury, that has essentially ruled him out for the rest of 2021. This lesion demonstrated to Barcelona that they can indeed do without him.

In his absence, Pablo Gavi and Nico Gonzalez jointly took his spot. They are consistently performing brilliantly in the centre of the park, with their mutual understanding pleasing Xavi.

Pedri might have to work his way back up the ladder once he returns in January. If he is unable to, City would be more than happy to make the move.

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  1. Steve johnson

    25/11/2021 at 23:26

    Should work great for Barca because there are not many winger options. But Sterling would probably command 300 thousand a week. And Barca can probably find this only if Dembele or Umtiti or Coutinho is sold.
    But what would Man city gain? Rodri, Fernandinho, Foden, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernando Silva. They have 6 midfielders for 3 positions. And from there the priority is a defensive midfielder since Fernandinho will leave at the end of the year. Plus leaving Sterling to go they loose one of their 2 left wingers; what if Grealish gets injured. So there is not much in this for city apart from reducing their weekly salary by around 100 to 150 thousand a week.
    Not going to happen.

    • udochukwu oledinma

      26/11/2021 at 03:27

      Really? I will rather barca goes two seasons without a trophy than to swap pedri for sterling.