According to Italian journalist Matteo Moretto, Barcelona are carefully considering a big move for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling this window. While a marquee signing, he would be a rather surprising addition to the Catalans’ ranks.
After the heartbreak in the Champions League final for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, a departure for many key players cannot be ruled out for the Citizens. Barcelona have reportedly been in contact with City as well, with both parties interested in each other’s players.
Aside from defender Aymeric Laporte, now the Sterling links are beginning to gain traction. It was also reported previously that Barcelona are in the race with Real Madrid and Arsenal to secure the Manchester City wide man’s services.
The operation would, by no means, be an easy one. Sterling being one of the big names of the Premier League, coupled with his age and form over the past few seasons, would come with a hefty price tag. That spells bad news for a Barcelona side who are severely bound by financial constraints.
Moretto also states that some players could have to enter the deal in order to reduce the cost. Aside from that, should Sterling enjoy a successful tournament with England at the Euros, his stock is bound to rise even further.
With players like Sergi Roberto, Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite, among many others set to leave, players entering the operation is not too far-fetched. However, the question remains whether or not Barcelona need to splurge so much cash on a winger at this point.
The likelihood of this particular transfer going through seems low at the moment. Perhaps once Barcelona sell a few players and reinforce the positions that need immediate addressing, luxury signings can be taken into consideration.