Sterling's long-term future at Etihad Stadium is in the spotlight with just two years remaining on his current contract, and Barca are said to be eager to take advantage of it. The 26-year-old was linked to a departure from Manchester City in the summer, with Premier League Arsenal proposed as a possible destination, but the club's failure to sign a new striker meant the Englishman stayed put.
While reports over the summer claimed that Barcelona officials were in Manchester to discuss a deal for Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani, following Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford, Sport claims they were actually in town to talk. with Sterling about a possible move to Spain.
Sterling sees with very good eyes suspicions at Barça, since he would be the protagonist, that role he lost at City. Even the talk he had with Guardiola in this European summer did not have the necessary effect. That is why he prefers to emigrate. At Barcelona they need fire up front and they believe that their arrival will bring quality.
The obstacle would be that Barcelona still has a debt that prevents it from making large movements of money. The Catalan club still owes 115 million euros in transfer fees for deals made in the past. In this way, he will only allocate 20 million dollars in transfers, something that seems to leave him far from being able to get the services of the Englishman.