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Raheem Sterling was ‘keen on Barcelona loan’ before Man City team-mate joined LaLiga giants in £55m transfer this month

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2022-01-22

MANCHESTER CITY ace Raheem Sterling was reportedly open to a loan spell with Barcelona.

The 27-year-old lost his place in Pep Guardiola's team towards the back end of last season and there were murmurs of a potential exit.

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Sterling was the Premier League's Player of the Month for December Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Sterling himself even admitted in an interview with the Financial Times last October that if a proposal was put forward with more game time on the table he's be interested.

He said: "If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else for more game time, I would be open to it."

And according to The Athletic, Sterling was open to a move to Barca, who were looking to take him on loan for the remainder of the season.

Barca, however, opted to iron out terms for his City team-mate Ferran Torres.

Xavi wanted Torres to spearhead his attack and be the poster boy for his Barca vision.

Sterling's form has since improved, scoring nine across all competitions, as well as picking up the Premier League Player of the Month award for December.

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The report states that Sterling is also yet to agree to new terms with the Premier League champions.

Being in a World cup year, Sterling is keen to be playing as regularly as possible.

And being tied down to a new, longer contract could hinder his chances of securing game time elsewhere should he find himself out of the team again.

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