Pep Guardiola ‘Convinced’ FC Barcelona Can Sign Manchester City Star Soon

Published 11/11/2021, 1:00 AM EST


FC Barcelona is going through one of the toughest times in the club’s modern era, as the team has failed to win any major trophies in the past two seasons. On top of these failures in the league and beyond, the Spanish club has also suffered some humiliating defeats in the UEFA Champions League.

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However, former FC Barcelona player and manager, Pep Guardiola still has no doubts about the club’s stature. Currently managing Manchester City with immense success to his name, Guardiola spoke about FC Barcelona’s interest in City winger Raheem Sterling.

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Honestly I have no idea. But if Barcelona are interested in any of our players, I’m convinced they can get them. Barça continues to be attractive, more than attractive,” he said.

FC Barcelona and their interest in Raheem Sterling.

FC Barcelona have no documented interest in Sterling as of now, but a move for the Englishman would work well for both teams. The emergence of Phil Foden and the arrival of Jack Grealish have made playing time scarce for Sterling. Mahrez and Bernardo Silva are two more options for Pep Guardiola for his wingers, and Gabriel Jesus can play there as well.

In return, Manchester Evening News has reported that City will look to sign FC Barcelona’s Dutch midfielder, Frenkie De Jong. De Jong is one of the best midfielders in the world, and Guardiola would love to have him in his ranks.

Moreover, Raheem Sterling is out of contract in 2023, and even though he’s only 26, City will do well to get anything over €50 million for him. On the other hand, Frenkie De Jong is on a much longer contract and will cost City at least €70 million.

Raheem Sterling and his stats in the 2021-22 season.

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Sterling has underperformed massively by his usual standards this season. He has played 15 games for Manchester City and has scored two and assisted two.

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He has featured as a substitute in most of his 9 Premier League appearances and has only scored once. It’ll be interesting to see if he can pick his form back up in the second half of the season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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