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Arsenal and Barcelona ready to do battle for Raheem Sterling - report

The Gunners are in contention for the Manchester City forward

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Arsenal and Barcelona are set to compete over the signature of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, according to the latest rumors.

The English forward is not getting the minutes he has grown accustomed to this season under Pep Guardiola’s watch. Sterling seems to be open to a move, and Barcelona are said to be interested.

In addition, Barcelona’s rumored new manager, Xavi, is said to be a fan of the winger. And then there is the rumor that Sterling himself is open to the move to help lead the new version of Barcelona.

However, the transfer rumors point to a competitor for Sterling’s signature: Arsenal. The Gunners are looking to upgrade their squad and it is said that Mikel Arteta’s good relationship with Guardiola could help make the transfer happen.

One big complication is the transfer fee. It is being reported that Barça will only be able to rely on loan deal to bring Sterling to the Camp Nou. There’s also doubt whether Barcelona will really make a move for Sterling. or if the deal will never progress past some initial interest. If Ousmane Dembélé doesn’t renew his deal, that could be a factor for Bareclona making a move for the Englishman.