Manchester City will not let Raheem Sterling leave FC Barcelona during the winter transfer market, or so ‘ESPN’ recently reported. At the Etihad Stadium, they do not contemplate, for the moment, giving way to one of the stars of the team who, although he has lost prominence in recent months, may be a key piece for the second leg of the season.
If this option is confirmed, it would be a great blow to a Barça that has Sterling as its maximum objective facing the January market, with an assignment with a purchase option as a strategy to achieve this. In any case, ‘ESPN’ reports that Manchester City is in no rush to solve the future of the English attacker and at the moment it is not on the table to let him leave, considering that he has a contract until June 30, 2023.
It must be remembered that on a few occasions, Pep Guardiola has left open the possibility of Sterling leaving the team and that the player has stopped all negotiations for a renewal. ‘The Sun’, meanwhile, recently reported thatThe footballer is willing to change of scene and become a Barça player, on loan, because in the City he does not have the prominence he would like.
It is a signing that interests Barça and that they have been testing for a long time. In fact, during the summer the football director of the Barça club, Mateu Alemany, was in Manchester and “the pieces fit together”, according to information from the ‘AS’, but the operation was not finalized. Now, from the offices of the ‘citizen’ box they flatly refuse and will try to retain Sterling at all costs for as long as they can.
Thus, in summary, from the City they would reject any offer in January for the footballer, whether it is a transfer or a definitive transfer. ANDMoney is the least for the English club and the intention is to keep a player who can serve as a replacement in case the starters for Pep Guardiola are not available. They ‘condemn’ it to be the second / third option.
Problem for Barça
The situation with Sterling, according to the panorama reported by ‘ESPN’ takes a totally different turn and that represents a big problem for a Barça that saw the English as their ‘luxury’ reinforcement in January. In any case, if that handover is confirmed to be impossible, cIt is still essential that the club get to an extreme, currently they only have Dembélé and Ansu Fati.
Injuries and physical problems, in both players, play against Barça and Xavi Hernández needs to have alternatives. At the moment, several footballers have sounded, but Raheem Sterling has been the board’s favorite since day one … It remains to be seen if they are able to convince their counterparts at City.