Raheem Sterling linked with Barcelona loan and other Man City transfer rumors


Raheem Sterling has reportedly been open to a loan move to Barcelona this month as speculation continues over his future.

The England international revealed earlier this season that he was ready to leave the Etihad in order to pursue regular playing time, with the arrival of Jack Grealish limiting his chances.

Since then, Sterling has returned to Pep Guardiola’s side on a more regular basis, with suggestions of a possible exit having died down in recent months as he regained form.

A report of Athleticism however, he suggested the 27-year-old is set to join Barcelona on loan in the January transfer window.

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Barcelona officials reportedly traveled to Manchester in November with City expecting them to make an approach for Sterling.

Sterling would have been one of at least five City players of interest to the Catalan giants, although nothing ultimately materialized for Sterling.

Elsewhere, Mino Raiola is reportedly pushing for Matthijs de Ligt to leave Juventus this summer, with City among those interested.

De Ligt is believed to have a release clause worth around £125million in Italy, which is expected to become active this summer.

Juventus are reportedly willing to accept just £54million for the former Ajax star, with La Repubblica (via Team chat) suggesting super agent Raiola is looking to secure a transfer for the Dutch defender.

City have been linked with a move for the 22-year-old, with Guardiola keen to link up with De Ligt with Ruben Dias at the heart of his defence.

He will face plenty of competition though, with Chelsea also aiming to sign the centre-back as they search for a successor to Thiago Silva.

And Barcelona are also said to be in contention, with Xavi seeing De Ligt as a ‘dream signing’ with the Catalan giants considering a summer move.

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