Barcelona’s interest in Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling has been known for a while now. The Catalans are looking to reinforce their attack, and the Englishman pops up as the ideal candidate.
Joan Laporta has been working on formulas to sign the winger.
The club’s precarious economic condition does not help the case, but there is still optimism around the operation.
Guardiola has accepted the operation and is willing to let go of his forward.
However, he asks for a player in return from Barcelona, one whom Xavi considers indispensable.
It was reported earlier this week that the Blues of Manchester wanted Frenkie de Jong in exchange for the forward.
Barcelona are not willing to give up on the Dutch star yet, for there is a sentiment that he could find his top gear under Xavi.
As such, City have changed their demand to Ousmane Dembele.
The addition of a player in the deal will help make it more feasible for Barcelona on an economic front.
Indeed, Dembele has not had the best phase of his career in Catalonia, and was fined earlier today for turning up late to training.
However, Xavi Hernandez counts heavily on the Frenchman’s services.
Given the new manager’s requirement of pacey and skilled wingers, Barcelona will find it hard to let Dembele leave.
Yet, there is another aspect to the tale.
Though Barcelona are looking to reach an agreement with the winger desperately, Dembele is evaluating offers from the Premier League
The French star has offers from the Premier League of a €20 million signing bonus with an annual salary of €12 million, figures that far exceed what Barcelona propose.
That said, Dembele could indeed be a part of the speculated player swap.