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Barcelona loan for Raheem Sterling ‘increasingly likely’ to eventually replace Ousmane Dembele


Barcelona loan move for Raheem Sterling ‘increasingly likely’ with cash-strapped giants ‘delayed’ offering Ousmane Dembele a new deal as they seek to offload him in January

  • Barcelona consider loan for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling
  • The England star recently admitted he ‘would love’ to play abroad
  • Ousmane Dembele’s contract at Barcelona will expire at the end of the season

A possible Raheem Sterling loan to Barcelona would become “more likely” as the club seek to potentially replace Ousmane Dembele.

The Manchester City forward admitted on Thursday that he would consider leaving the club if he doesn’t have more playing time this season.

Barcelona may be looking for a winger soon as Dembele’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the club may look to transfer him in January to avoid losing his £ 135million by signing a free contract.

Barcelona could be interested in a loan for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling

Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona have been “delayed” 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 in Barcelona but his agent Moussa Sissoko is delaying negotiations until he recovers from the injury he suffered with France at Euro 2020.

Barcelona believe Dembele should suffer a pay cut if he signs him for a new deal after four injury seasons in which he has been unable to demonstrate his quality on a regular basis.

With the Frenchman potentially heading for the door, that could prompt the La Liga giants to move for Sterling.

Barcelona reportedly ‘delayed’ in plans to tie Ousmane Dembele to new deal

Sterling has struggled for playing time since Jack Grealish’s £ 100million signing from Aston Villa during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old has only started two of Manchester City’s seven games this season.

Previously ubiquitous, Sterling was widely named to the bench towards the end of City’s run to their first Champions League final last season.

Speaking at the Financial Times US Business of Sport summit, he admitted he was not averse to playing abroad at some point in his career.

He said: “If there was the possibility to go elsewhere for more playing time, I would be open to that. Like I said, football is the most important thing for me. Challenges that i fixed myself from a young age and dreams too.

Sterling admitted he would like

Sterling admitted he would like to “challenge himself and play abroad” during his career

Dembele to become a free agent next summer with a number of teams interested

Dembele to become a free agent next summer with a number of teams interested

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I always thought you might know that someday I would like to play abroad, to see how I would pick it up. challenge.”

Sterling is however under contract with Manchester City until the end of the 2022-2023 season.

Dembele, meanwhile, has suffered injuries since his £ 135million transfer from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

With his contract expiring next year, a number of clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus are said to be interested.