With Ousmane Dembélé, Barça is working in two directions. In one, the club intends to extend a contract this summer that expires in 2022. In the other, it tries to cover its back by drawing up a list of ‘top’ level alternatives and one of them would be Raheem Sterling, from Manchester City and 26 years old, who likes him for his level and also for his versatility. It could cover the sensitive loss of the French as well as a slowdown to the operation Memphis Depay.
The Sky Sports journalist Matteo Moretto he advanced this possibility, although he warned that “it is a very complicated business.” And it is. The winger, who in the final part of the season left a few minutes although he started in the final of the season. Champions League, still has a contract ahead until 2023. Its price is also high and the Barça it would have to lower costs by bringing players into the operation. The good relationship between Laporta and Pep Guardiola it would encourage the transfer of some names. The sports management has been attentive to this possibility for a long time.
He likes it at the Camp Nou because he is a very skilled and fast winger, a regular English international, and who faces rivals as he also frequents Dembélé. He is ambidextrous and therefore could also play on the right, a demarcation that could lose troops if Trincao it ends up coming out. Its quality is beyond doubt.
The Barça will not doubt if it has problems with Dembélé. If you resist entering into negotiations for the extension of your contract, you will be on the market but not at any price. What is entered will go to the acquisition of a forward and Sterling It is a piece that would fit in at Barça. Koeman will have the last word anyway.
At the Camp Nou they say that at the moment the Barça club has other market priorities. In fact, the signing of Memphis
Depay, which ends the contract with him Olympique de Lyon. However, they do not rule out opening a new avenue to try to sign a winger in the event that the Frenchman ends up leaving. They will try not to rush until the last day, but the market resists