It’s been a couple of weeks since Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling started being highlighted as one of the potential solutions that Barcelona have for their attack.
Now as outlet Marca features a piece on that chase today, they point out an obvious problem that the Catalan side would have for the signing, which is the 26-year-old’s cost.
According to their story, Manchester City have put a price of €80m on the player, and with Barça’s current financial crisis, it would be ‘very complicated’ for them to afford that.
And it turns out that the La Liga giants can’t even hope for Sterling’s price to be lowered just because his contract expires in 2023.
That’s because Pep Guardiola’s side don’t make discounts in those situations, and Barça have a very good example of that. They needed to wait to sign Eric Garcia until he became a free agent this summer, as Manchester City kept demanding €20m throughout the January window before the end of his deal.
So even though the Premier League side are ‘willing to sell’ Sterling if a good offer arrives, that’s a huge obstacle that clubs would need to overcome to get a deal.
An alternative Barcelona have for Sterling is the one of RB Leipzig star Dani Olmo.
Now even though the Spaniard would be cheaper, with a price tag of €50m, that’s still considered to be too much for the Camp Nou side at this moment in time.