He was Barcelona's secret target in the last week of the summer transfer window. When there was speculation about sporting director Mateu Alemany travelling to Manchester to negotiate a move for Edinson Cavani, the reality is that he was trying to sign Raheem Sterling on loan from Manchester City. The player was open to moving to Camp Nou but everything fell through when City failed to sign a top striker. Sterling's salary is high but affordable, while a loan would have interested all parties.
The relationship between Barça and Sterling's camp has been maintained in recent weeks. The player wants to leave City and believed Barça can give him a key role given their lack of options in attack. The option of signing him remains on the table ahead of January, although everything will depend on the team's sporting situation. They have to work hard and fight to still have life in winter. Luuk de Jong was signed to fill a gap, but Sterling would improve the side's attacking output.