The newspaper indicates that there were previous attempts during the summer, as Matteo Alemani, the sporting director of the Blaugrana, was in Manchester to try to complete this agreement.
The deal failed during the summer and Sterling continued to be in Manchester City, but according to the same source, Barcelona is continuing these efforts with the aim of completing this deal on loan in January.
This comes in conjunction with the player’s lack of participation in the ranks of Manchester City, and his decline with the club’s recent increase in options on the parties, especially with Bernardo Silva remaining and Jack Grealish joining from Aston Villa for 100 million pounds.
Sterling suffers from a clear lack of playing minutes at the beginning of the season, as he participated in a single match, the first in the Premier League against Tottenham, which is the team’s only loss in the competition.
After this match, he participated in the following three matches as a substitute, and scored a single goal against Norwich in 29 minutes of play. He also had 32 minutes against Arsenal, then 26 minutes against Leicester, and finally in the Champions League against Leipzig, he won only 19 minutes, with a total of only 176 minutes in 5 matches.
On the other hand, Barcelona suffers from a lack of offensive options, with the injury of the quadruple Ansu Fati, Osman Dembele, Sergio Aguero and Martin Braithwaite, in conjunction with the departure of Antoine Griezmann to Atletico Madrid and before them the departure of Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain, so that the front options are limited to Memphis Depay, Luke de Jong and the rest of juniors.
It is noteworthy that Sterling joined Manchester City in the summer of 2015 for 57 million pounds, and since that time he has won the Premier League title 3 times.