Barcelona consider three Chelsea strikers as Raheem Sterling’s alternative


Barcelona are exploring alternative alternatives to Raheem Sterling ahead of the transfer window in January, with Chelsea trio Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic all on the radar.

Barcelona desperately need to strengthen themselves in the winter window after a bad first half of the season – they are seventh in La Liga and are about to jump out of the Champions League in the group stage for the first time since the 2000/01 campaign.

Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez retirees in the last 18 months, injuries and now the rumored imminent retirement of Sergio Aguero have only underlined the club’s need for new players, especially in attack.

Sterling has been frustrated by the lack of playing time this season and 90 minutes revealed over the weekend that he has informed City that he wants to join Barcelona.

But there are still doubts as to whether the Catalans will have the finances for such an approach.

ESPN writes that Barça are not willing to include an obligation to buy in player approaches, but City may not be prepared to leave Sterling without that guarantee. It has forced the Catalans to consider other options as well, and goes so far as to ask about Werner and Ziyech at Chelsea.

None of the players have been involved regularly this season, after failing to reach the expected heights after their respective high-profile arrivals from RB Leipzig and Ajax 2020.

This is in line with Barça’s intention to add breadth to his attack on behalf of the new coach Xavi, who has also supported Ousmane Dembele to make use of his potential if he can stay injury-free.

El Nacional adds that Pulisic is another Chelsea player being considered at the Camp Nou. Injuries and illness have limited the American’s commitment this season, even though he was in and out of the team even when he was in shape last season with mediocre attacking contributions.

It is suggested that since Barça cannot pay Chelsea’s presumed minimum asking price of € 50 million, they would need to consider including a player in exchange to lower the price – like Philippe Coutinho – or negotiate an 18-month loan deal. year 2023.

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