Barcelona ‘cannot afford Sterling’ with La Liga giants owing £100m for transfers

Barcelona cannot fund a bid for Manchester City outcast Raheem Sterling anytime soon – because they reportedly still owe almost £100million in transfer fees.

Sterling, 26, is being linked with a move away from City after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola, who has only afforded him two Premier League starts so far this season.

Arsenal are said to be interested in the England international, while Barca have also been touted as potential suitors.

But the grim reality of the Spanish club's financial problems means they are unlikely to be able to afford £300,000-a-week star Sterling in the next two transfer windows.

Barca find themselves in complete disarray both on and off the pitch right now, having been forced to let club legend Lionel Messi leave in the summer because they couldn't pay his wages – despite his offer of a 50 per cent salary reduction.

They also offloaded Antoine Griezmann back to Atletico Madrid, and Catalans boss Ronald Koeman is suffering on the pitch as a result; winning just three out of seven so far in La Liga and losing each of their opening two Champions League fixtures 3-0.

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According to Marca, Barca's disastrous form is a knock-on effect of their crisis at boardroom level, as the club are still said to owe a staggering £97million in transfer fees that were completed as far back as 2017.

Ajax are reportedly owed £40.8million for the sales of Frenkie de Jong (£27.2million) and Sergino Dest (£13.6million).

Barca also still owe Liverpool £11million for Philippe Coutinho despite signing the Brazilian almost four years ago, while Juventus are waiting on £33.2million for Miralem Pjanic – who only made six starts last term.

Thus, any potential pursuit of Sterling is quite frankly unrealistic in such dire financial conditions.

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Former Manchester United and Tottenham forward Terry Gibson said on talkSPORT: “They’re saying that they’ll have €60m to spend in the transfer market, I don’t think that gets Raheem Sterling.

“Other clubs would be interested for that fee.”

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