UK News Barcelona loan move for Raheem Sterling 'growing more likely'
Stones, Sterling, Kane and Mount are England's hangover victims
Two men stood on the Stamford Bridge pitch after Manchester City had beaten Chelsea. One with a stopwatch, the other ready to run. John Stones was putting in the hard yards with City’s fitness coach Lorenzo Buenaventura. The central defender was timed sprinting from byline to halfway on several occasions. This looked like a pre-season drill and, for Stones, it effectively was.The trouble is this was September 25, not July. Stones has not played a single minute for City so far this term and the main reason for that is the international calendar.
A potential loan move forto is reportedly becoming 'more likely' as the club look to potentially replace .
Theforward admitted on Thursday that he would consider leaving the club if he doesn't get more game time this season.
Barcelona could soon be looking for a winger with Dembele's contract set to expire at the end of the season, and the club could look to move him on in January to avoid losing their £135million signing on a free.
Spanish publicationhave reported that Barcelona have been 'put off' in their plans to tie Dembele to a new deal, with a loan move for Sterling 'growing more likely'.
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Aware that one of his star players could leave, Guardiola is seeking to use his connections with his former employers to his advantageGuardiola rose to managerial prominence with Barcelona before leaving for a new challenge at Bayern Munich and then another with Man City. He is now in his sixth season at the Etihad Stadium. His trophy tally with the club stands at 10, but he is continually seeking an evolution.
The French winger is said to want to stay at Barcelona but his agent Moussa Sissoko is delaying negotiations until he recovers from the injury he sustained with France at Euro 2020.
Barcelona feel Dembele should take a pay cut if they were to sign him on a new deal after four injury-plagued seasons in which he has not been able to demonstrate his quality on a regular basis.
With the Frenchman potentially heading out the door, this could trigger the LaLiga giants to make their move for Sterling.
Sterling has struggled for game time since the £100m signing of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa during the summer transfer window. The 26-year-old has started just two out of Manchester City's seven games so far this season.
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Pep Guardiola needs to put his arm around Raheem Sterling’s shoulder and will need the 26-year-old this season, says former Manchester City defender Michael Ball. Following Jack Grealish’s £100m arrival from Aston Villa, Sterling has started just two games in the Premier League for City, though he has featured in all seven. The £81m-rated England […]Following Jack Grealish’s £100m arrival from Aston Villa, Sterling has started just two games in the Premier League for City, though he has featured in all seven.
Video: Pep Guardiola responds to Raheem Sterling's transfer talk (Manchester Evening News)
Previously an ever-present, Sterling was largely named on the bench towards the business end of City's run to their first Champions League final last term.
Speaking at the Financial Times' Business of Sport US summit, he admitted he was not averse to playing abroad at some point during his career.
He said: 'If there was the option to go somewhere else for more game time I would be open to it. 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.'
Sterling though is contracted with Manchester City until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Dembele meanwhile has been plagued by injuries since his £135m move from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.
With his contract expiring next year, a number of clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus are reportedly interested.
Man City fans praise Palmer after his first Champions League goal .
The 19-year-old came on as a 65th minute substitute for Kevin De Bruyne and made an immediate impact. He was found by Raheem Sterling and coolly slotted past the keeper.The 19-year-old came on as a 65th minute substitute for Kevin De Bruyne and made an immediate impact.