According to a recent report by Catalan newspaper El Nacional, Manchester City have told FC Barcelona that they want another player in exchange for Raheem Sterling.
According to the report, the player Barcelona have requested is Ousmane Dembele, a player Pep Guardiola is very keen to add to his squad.
Dembele joined Barcelona from Borussia Dortmund in 2017, after impressing the German club. He was signed as a long-term replacement for Neymar. However, Dembele has not lived up to his bill at Barcelona. Constant injuries reduced his career to a warmer bench, having missed more games than he played.
Until the time of writing, Dembele has only played 118 games for Barcelona, scoring 30 goals and assisting 21. Despite his tragic stint at Barcelona, the number of clubs interested in him has not declined.
However, Manchester City’s interest came as a surprise given Dembele’s injury record. Injuries can cause him a lot of trouble in a physically tough league like the Premier League. Theoretically anyway. he could add a lot of value to the Etihad setup and maybe even play a similar role as Leroy Sane.
Dembele is also being considered as a long-term replacement for Raheem Sterling, who Barcelona want to bring to Spain. However, with Manchester City set to demand the France international as part of the deal for Sterling, things could take an interesting turn, keeping Barcelona’s financial chaos in mind.
The deal would still be in Barcelona’s favor if it were a swap deal, as they will have a reduced payroll and won’t have to spend more on a player.
While it will be interesting to see if Barcelona let go of Dembele, it will also be interesting to see how much Manchester City ask for their beloved Raheem Sterling. Arsenal are also interested in Raheem Sterling, so it will be interesting to see who he chooses.
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