Man City asking price for Sterling revealed
Premier League champions Manchester City are preparing for life without Rasheem Sterling after the club made their compensatory demands public for the England international.
#ManCity value Raheem Sterling at around £45M and are open to selling the player. @ManCity will continue a dialogue with Sterling’s representatives to cover every possibility but will use Leroy Sane’s sale as a guideline in their valuation.
[@SeanPaulKearns / Exclusive]
— City Xtra (@City_Xtra) November 11, 2021
Additionally, the Etihad outfit will look to handle the situation similarly to the scenario that saw them sell German starlet Leroy Sané to Bayern Munich and utilize it as a guideline for how to handle any sale involving Sterling either in January or next summer.
When asked about the situation and rumored interest in Sterling from Spanish giants Barcelona, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola responded in typical fashion but acknowledged the pull that Barça still possess despite the rocky waters the Catalan giants currently occupy in the wake of Xavi’s appointment;
“If Barcelona are interested in any of our players, I am convinced that they can get them. Barca continues to be an attractive club, more than attractive. The city, the club, the history and this for the trainers, for the players always seduces a lot.
Barca can use their media to influence signings. That’s the thing about Barcelona; they can do what they want, good or bad.”
England winger keen for fresh start abroad
Making the jump from the Premier League abroad has historically not always been a guaranteed success for English players despite the status that the English top flight possesses.
For every success story (Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Owen Hargreaves, Steve McManaman, Kevin Keegan, Glenn Hoddle) there is one of abject failure (Michael Owen, Jonathan Woodgate, Jimmy Greaves, Paul Gascoigne, Luther Blissett, Micah Richards), but for Raheem Sterling, making a potential-jump to Barcelona would certainly be too good to pass up.
For Sterling, it would not only signal a fresh start to his career and a potential new lease on life but a new challenge in a footballing culture that the vast majority of English players do not get a chance to experience;
“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 has unquestionably lost his place in the team at Man City since last season and is keen to move on, and with the arrival of Jack Grealish and utilization of Phil Foden in the false-nine role, new – and hopefully, greener – pastures await a player who still has plenty to give.