Man City Offered Raheem Sterling for Barcelona Forward During Back and Forth Transfer Negotiations

Manchester City and FC Barcelona held a number of discussions about potential player swaps during the last summer transfer window, according to Spanish press, including a possible exchange involving Raheem Sterling.
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The report by Sport journalist Alfredo Martinez, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, says that Barcelona's financial troubles forced the club to seek exchange deals in their efforts to bolster their squad following Lionel Messi's departure. 

Talks with Manchester City saw a host of first-team players come under consideration, including big names such as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva, as well as the Catalan club's primary youth star, Ansu Fati.

Such were Barcelona's problems, Alfredo Martinez says the La Liga club were even open to the possibility of selling breakthrough star Pedri, as well as the aforementioned Ansu Fati.

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The latter was said to be 'keenly watched' by Manchester City last season, and Pep Guardiola's side reportedly offered Raheem Sterling in exchange for the youngster.

However, Barcelona were unmoved due to the 'enormous potential' of the Spanish forward, and the talks came to nothing.

Instead, Barcelona made efforts to sign Raheem Sterling and midfielder Bernardo Silva, but would only offer players such as Ousmane Dembele and striker Martin Braithwaite in exchange. 

The report follows other rumours last summer that indicated Manchester City were open to the sale of Raheem Sterling, while Pep Guardiola publicly disclosed that Bernardo Silva had asked to leave the club during a press conference.

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Whether it is possible in the future that Manchester City and Barcelona could resume talks regarding Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Ansu Fati remains to be seen.

Certainly, with Fati's contract expiring in 2022, a move away from Barcelona is not unlikely, and Manchester City would likely aim to be at the front of the queue to land the Spaniard - who netted his first international goal earlier this month against Ukraine.

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