Man City ‘take’ Raheem Sterling decision amid Barcelona ‘interest’ and more transfer rumors
Manchester City want to keep winger Raheem Sterling and make sure he fights for his place, after admitting he is ready to leave the club.
This is according to a report by 90min who also claims Sterling is considering a loan to Spanish giants Barcelona in January.
Sterling, who started City’s 2-0 triumph over Burnley at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon, became frustrated with the lack of opportunities presented to him so far this quarter, with the victory over the Clarets scoring only his third Premier League. start of campaign.
On Thursday, the England international admitted that if his opportunities did not increase he would be “open” to leave the club for a new challenge.
Now it has been claimed that City would like to keep the lightning-fast winger, but he himself wants to go on loan in January and join Barcelona. It is also reported that the winger is said to be willing to make his temporary exit from City a permanent one next summer if all goes well.
Sterling has made a total of 11 appearances in all competitions so far this season, but only five of them have started.
During this time, ESPN say City have joined rivals Manchester United in the race to sign AS Monaco midfielder AurÃ©lien Tchouameni.
The Frenchman, who helped France win the UEFA Nations League final on Sunday night, beating Spain 2-1 in Milan, is one of the most promising youngsters in world football and has no shortage of admirers.
United and Chelsea have both been the main runners in the race to secure his signature, but it is now claimed that City have now joined the battle.
Also linked with Real Madrid, it is claimed that Monaco are on the verge of asking around Â£ 50million for the 21-year-old’s signature.
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