Raheem Sterling has an uncertain future at Manchester City after a disappointing campaign. The 26-year-old scored 14 goals and made 12 assists in 49 games, but his form fell apart during the tail end of the season and Matteo Moretto of Sky Sports believes he ‘can leave’ this summer.
Barcelona are reportedly keen on his signature, but any deal with be ‘complicated’ due to their spiralling financial situation. The Catalan giants need to ‘reduce costs’ by including players as a part-exchange, so it remains to be seen if City entertain such a bid.
And while Moretto claims Sterling can leave City, it’s worth noting that he has two more years remaining on his deal and had been in talks over extending his contract before changing his representation. The England international hasn’t said publicly that he wants to leave either, so there’s a good chance he stays.
Sterling only scored one Premier League goal and made two assists in March, April and May, resulting in him losing his starting place on occasion, so the 26-year-old has a lot to prove next season. It wouldn’t make sense offloading Sterling while keeping a 30-year-old Riyad Mahrez, so Guardiola might opt to keep him.