The Catalans would like the Man City winger but only in this instance
Barcelona aren’t hiding their interest in Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling/ The Blaugrana have been after the player for a while and think he would help in attack a lot.
However, the club’s situation financially is what it is and they can only loan him with a non-obligatory option to buy. Depending on the player’s performance they could next summer do this, although it would be 50 million euros or more and they don’t want to mortgage themselves.
Barcelona are sure they can make Sterling’s signing. The player and Man City were both happy for him to go in August, but the club could not sign Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sterling stayed but he’s not happy there and has said so in public. He has not renewed his deal and is not playing well.
City would be happy to get him out as he could be a problem in the dressing room, and would also make savings on his big salary. If he stays in Manchester, barely playing, it will affect his value.
Barcelona would be happy to pay his salary until the end of the season and if he performs as they hope, sign him in June.