Barcelona’s loan for Raheem Sterling becomes ‘more likely’ to potentially Ousmane Dembele . to replace
Barcelona’s loan to Raheem Sterling ‘becomes more likely’ due to Ousmane Dembele’s contract situation after the Man City winger admitted ‘he would like to challenge himself and play abroad’
- Barcelona considering loan for Raheem Sterling from Manchester City
- The English star recently admitted he would ‘love to play abroad’
- Ousmane Dembélé’s contract with Barcelona expires at the end of the season
A possible move of Raheem Sterling to Barcelona is reportedly becoming ‘more likely’ as the club appear to be replacing Ousmane Dembele.
The Manchester City attacker admitted on Thursday that he would consider leaving the club if he doesn’t get more playing time this season.
Barcelona could be looking for a winger soon, as Dembele’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Barcelona could be interested in making loan for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has reported that Barcelona have been ‘deterred’ in their plans to tie Dembele to a new deal, with a loan for Sterling ‘becoming more likely’.
The French winger would like to stay with Barcelona, but his agent Moussa Sissoko is delaying negotiations until he recovers from the injury he sustained with France at Euro 2020.
Barcelona believe Dembele should receive a pay cut if they sign him a new contract after four injury-plagued seasons in which he has been unable to demonstrate his quality regularly.
With the Frenchman potentially heading out the door, it could push the LaLiga giants to go for Sterling.
Barcelona allegedly ‘strayed’ from their plans to tie Ousmane Dembele to a new deal
Sterling has struggled to get playing time since Jack Grealish’s £100 million signing from Aston Villa during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old has started just two of Manchester City’s seven games so far this season.
Formerly ever-present, Sterling was largely named on the bench towards the business end of City’s run to their first Champions League final of last season.
Speaking at the Financial Times’ Business of Sport US summit, he admitted that he was not averse to playing abroad at some point during his career.
He said: ‘If there was the option to go elsewhere for more playing time, I would be open to it. “Like I said, football is the most important thing for me. Challenges I set myself from childhood and dreams too.
Sterling has admitted he would love to ‘challenge himself and play abroad’ during his career
Dembélé will become a free agent with a number of teams next summer
“As an English player I only know the Premier League and I’ve always thought you might want to play abroad someday to see how I would take on that challenge.”
However, Sterling has a contract with Manchester City until the end of the 2022/2023 season.
Dembele, meanwhile, has been plagued with injuries since his £135m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
With his contract expiring next year, a number of clubs are reportedly interested, including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus.