Raheem Sterling highlighted as Barcelona eye one ‘big name’ transfer this summer

Raheem Sterling’s situation at Manchester City is reportedly being watched closely by Barcelona as the Catalans look to lure him away this summer, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

Barcelona are expected to raise enough funds in the coming weeks to make a big signing and push for a La Liga title after finishing third last season.

The Copa del Rey winners’ hopes of signing Sterling were given a huge boost after an underwhelming season at the Etihad where the 26-year-old was rumoured to be unhappy with his role in the squad.

The England international is now reportedly looking for a move away from Manchester this summer with Arsenal also being linked.

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Sterling has a contract lasting until 2023 at City but lost his place as a regular starter towards the end of the season as he registered only 10 league goals, his lowest tally since 2016/17.

Barcelona’s situation with Frenchman Ousmane Dembele remains unclear with the winger showing a lack of urgency in signing a contract, probing the Barca hierarchy to look elsewhere for options.

With Ansu Fati missing a large chunk of the season after a serious meniscus injury and Francisco Trincao’s underwhelming first season, Sterling could provide some much-needed depth and experience.

Do you think Sterling will make a move away from the Etihad this summer? Let us know in the comments section.

Sterling has scored 114 goals and racked up 87 assists across 292 matches for City, resulting in an impressive 0.69 goal involvements per game.

Ronald Koeman’s side topped the league’s goals-scored tally with 85, but the Englishman would take the burden off the sensational Lionel Messi.

Messi scored 30 of Barca’s league goals in the previous campaign but the talisman’s age means the club are on the look-out for a world class long-term replacement to phase in.

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