The signing of Erling Haaland has brought about a lot of excitement among Manchester City supporters. However, the Norwegian international’s impending arrival could have larger repercussions on the roster, with some of the existing forwards likely to leave.
Gabriel Jesus is already considering his future at the Etihad and has been linked with clubs like Arsenal and Barcelona. Jack Grealish’s future has also been called into question after the England international has endured a difficult season following his £100 million move.
Now, Footmercato reports that another Manchester City forward, Raheem Sterling could leave the club in the summer transfer window, with Barcelona interested in the English winger.
The 27-year-old star has seen his importance gradually recede under Pep Guardiola over the course of the ongoing campaign. The manager has preferred the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Grealish over him on many occasions.
And Haaland’s arrival could affect the former Liverpool superstar’s game-time further. With his contract with the Citizens expiring next year, a summer exit could certainly be on the cards.
And, as per the report, Barcelona are among the clubs interested in Sterling, with AC Milan and Arsenal also keeping tabs on his situation at the Etihad Stadium.
The England international had been linked with the Catalan giants during the summer transfer window last year. There had been speculations about a move during the January window as well, although Barça ended up signing Ferran Torres from Manchester City.
But the Blaugrana remain on the lookout for a couple of new attacking additions in the summer. Sterling has largely played from the left flank for Manchester City, where Barcelona already have the likes of Ansu Fati and Memphis Depay.
However, the Englishman is capable of operating on the right and has even played through the middle for Guardiola’s side. With 16 goals and seven assists in the current season, he has proven himself to be quite productive in the final third as well.
So, it will certainly be interesting to see if Barcelona’s interest in Sterling leads to anything substantial come summer.