Barcelona plotting January moves for three Chelsea stars as Sterling alternative

Barcelona are considering loan moves for Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi if they are priced out of a move for Raheem Sterling in January.

City are open to selling Sterling who has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola and value the forward at £45million, Metro.co.uk understands.

Barcelona are leading the race for his signature but that price could yet prove too high for the cash-strapped Catalans, who have been restricted to free transfers and loan signings in 2021.

Newly-appointed head coach Xavi is nonetheless eager to strengthen his side in attacking areas with the club also now looking at alternatives.

Barcelona have identified the Chelsea trio as possible options, according to Sport.

The La Liga side are hoping to capitalise on Chelsea’s embarrassment of riches in attacking positions with an offer of consistent first-team football for those who are not holding down first-team roles.

The report suggests Pulisic, who has made just four appearances mainly due to injury this season, is unhappy with his situation at Stamford Bridge and would consider a move away to London.

Ziyech had been on Barcelona’s radar for a number of years before joining Chelsea in February 2020.

The Moroccan has struggled for consistency since the move however, starting just two of 11 Premier League games for Thomas Tuchel’s side.

Hudson-Odoi is another name being considered. Borussia Dortmund were among the clubs interested in signing the England international on loan in the summer only for Chelsea to block the move.

While the 21-year-old started the season from the bench, his situation has improved in recent weeks, starting Chelsea’s last three Premier League games before the international break.

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