BARCELONA are said to be hoping to secure a loan deal in January for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling but are constrained by their financial situation.
The Catalan side have been in contact with Sterling, 26, for several weeks.
And speculation has only increased since Xavi took over the Spaniard who is said to be very interested in the striker.
Sterling is also said to be interested in a move to the Nou Camp, but he will only be able to switch if Man City continue to pay half of his £300k-a-week salary, according to the Spanish newspaper. Sport.
But even paying £150,000 a week creates a significant burden on Barcelona’s finances.
It would prevent Xavi from being able to make any other signings – with the exception of Dani Alves – so the club can ask Sterling for a pay cut, with the rest of his salary paid in bonuses.
In addition, Barca is said to be unable to commit to a loan agreement that includes a purchase obligation.
And they may need to sell off the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti before signing in January.
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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is also being targeted as Xavi looks to rebuild a forward line crippled by his departure last summer.
Barcelona have previously been linked with another City star, Ferran Torres, who had a transfer offer for the Spaniard rejected in the summer.
And Xavi also wants to bring former Barca star Thiago – now at Liverpool – back to the club, but it looks like he may not have enough money to match his ambitions.
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