Barcelona ‘ask Sterling to slash pay to join in loan transfer as they can’t even afford HALF his £300k-a-week wages’

BARCELONA reportedly hope to secure a January loan move for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling but are being constrained by their financial situation.

The Catalans have been linked to Sterling, 26, for several weeks.

Raheem Sterling is open to moving to Barcelona

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Raheem Sterling is open to moving to BarcelonaCredit: Reuters

And speculation has only intensified since Xavi took over with the Spaniard believed to be keen on the forward.

Sterling is also said to be interested in a move to the Nou Camp, but he will only be able to make a switch if City continue to pay half of his £300k-a-week wages, according to Spanish outlet Sport.

But even paying £150k-a-week places a significant burden on Barcelona’s finances.

It would prevent Xavi being able to make any other signings – excluding Dani Alves – so the club could ask Sterling to reduce his wage, with the rest of his salary being paid in bonuses.

Also, Barca are reportedly unable to commit to a loan deal that includes an obligation to buy.

And they could need to offload high earners like Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti before making signings in January.

 

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is also being targeted as Xavi looks to rebuild a forward line that was decimated by departures last summer.

Barcelona were previously linked with another City star, Ferran Torres, having had a transfer bid for the Spaniard rejected in the summer.

And Xavi would also like to bring former Barca star Thiago – now at Liverpool – back to the club, but it seems he may not have the funds at his disposal to match his ambitions.

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