Manchester City set asking price for Barcelona target Raheem Sterling

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Raheem Sterling is open to joining Barcelona (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

Manchester City value Raheem Sterling at around £45m and are open to selling the Barcelona target, sources have told Metro.co.uk.

Sterling, 26, joined City in a £50m deal from rivals Liverpool in 2015 and he’s hit an impressive 116 goals in 307 appearances during his six seasons at the Etihad.

However, Sterling has fallen down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola and he’s being kept out of the side by the likes of Phil Foden and Jack Grealish.

Guardiola dropped Sterling in response to his side’s tendency to get exploited on counter-attacks, with City now adopting a more methodical build-up that plays to the strengths of Foden, Grealish and Kevin De Bruyne.

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Sterling’s contract expires in 2023. (Photo by Vincent Mignott/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

City had been keen to tie Sterling down to a new long-term deal but those negotiations have now been shelved, with both parties unwilling to commit at this moment in time.

Sterling has made no secret of his desire to sample life in Spain and City are resigned to the fact that he wants to leave, with Barcelona leading the race for his signature.

As they did with Leroy Sane, City will continue a dialogue with Sterling’s representatives to cover every possibility but sources have told Metro.co.uk that the club will use the German’s sale to Bayern Munich as a guideline in their valuation of the England international.

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While City will listen to offers for Sterling in January and could therefore charge more, they’re more likely to receive bids in the summer when Sterling will have 12 months to run on his contract. At which point City will listen to bids in the region of £45m-£50m.

Guardiola did little to dampen speculation about Sterling’s future (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Speaking in Barcelona earlier this week, Guardiola made little attempt to dampen speculation about Sterling’s departure and said the Catalans could sign Sterling ‘if they wanted’.

‘Honestly I have no idea. I don’t know anything. Not that I would tell you anyway,’ Guardiola told reporters.

‘If Barcelona are interested in any of our players, I am convinced that they can get them. Barca continues to be an attractive club, more than attractive. The city, the club, the history and this for the trainers, for the players always seduces a lot.

‘If Barcelona interests one of our players, they will set up the machinery into operation, it is a liner.

‘Barca can use their media to influence signings. That’s the thing about Barcelona; they can do what they want, good or bad.’

Barcelona made an attempt to sign Sterling last summer but the Catalans are operating under huge financial restrictions and couldn’t match the wages that City would offer the winger if he decided to extend at the Etihad.

But Sterling feels he is at the right stage of his career to leave England and City have noted his comments in the media about playing abroad.

‘If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it at this moment in time,’ Sterling told the Financial Times in October.

‘As I said, football is the most important thing to me — challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well.

‘As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I’ve always thought you know maybe one day I’d love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.’


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