Having failed to sign Raheem Sterling in the summer, Barcelona maintain interest in the Manchester City player.

In need to bolster the attacking division for the second half of the season, reports from the Catalan media have suggested the La Liga side have plans to sign the City winger.

Two days ago, Sport stated Ronald Koeman’s side want to take the 23-year-old on a loan deal in the winter market.

Reports in the British press have explained Pep Guardiola’s side want to offer a new deal to the former Liverpool man. His current deal expires in 2023, but he is not in favour of signing an extension.

These claims are relayed by Sport on Friday, who then say the England international is ‘attracted’ to the idea of playing at the Camp Nou.

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At Barca, they know since summer the ‘total predisposition’ of Sterling is to leave City and ‘close his signing for FC Barcelona’.

Barcelona have Sterling as ‘one of the priority options’ for January and are ‘fully informed’ of his situation at City. His signing, however, would only be possible if it is on a loan deal since his asking price is ‘very high’.

The potential deal will also include purchase and it must be agreed between the two sides whether Barca must pay in cash or include some of their players in the operation.

Although the relationship between the sides is ‘excellent, Sport say the deal is ‘complicated’, even though the ‘road is still open’.

Sport warn any potential transfer for Sterling in January will depend on City finding a ‘guaranteed replacement’ for him in the same window.