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Chelsea pair sounded out as Barcelona seek Raheem Sterling alternative

Chelsea pair sounded out as Barcelona seek Raheem Sterling alternative

Barcelona seek reinforcements under Xavi

Barcelona have already recruited a new coach, in the form of Xavi, this season, but are looking to strengthen the playing squad too come January.

Seemingly top of their list is struggling Manchester City and England star Raheem Sterling, who has fallen out of favour under Pep Guardiola. The Englishman is reportedly keen on a potential loan move to Catalonia, but there are stumbling blocks.

There are severe question marks about whether Manchester City would be willing to let such a talented player leave on loan mid-season, in what is proving a very tricky defence of their Premier League title.

Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Barca could afford his mammoth wages, either, even for a period of six months.

Therefore, it is unsurprising to see other targets touted.

Time for Timo?

And now, as per ESPN, it is a pair of fellow Premier League strugglers, this time at Chelsea, that Barca are keeping an eye on.

Both Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner are allegedly being monitored to add some needed firepower to Xavi’s side. Of the two, Ziyech would seem the most likely to depart, having started just twice in the Premier League so far this season.

Meanwhile, Werner could remain of use to Chelsea, although the return of Christian Pulisic from injury raises questions as to his status in the squad. Nevertheless, should Chelsea be looking to challenge on four fronts, loaning Werner seems madness?

Could you see Barca snapping up any of the three stars?

Read more:

 Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling reaches decision on future

Manchester United set for 17.5 million pound Pochettino swoop


This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 13 26 30
2 Manchester City 13 20 29
3 Liverpool FC 13 28 28
4 West Ham United 13 8 23
5 Arsenal FC 13 -2 23
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 0 20
7 Tottenham Hotspur 12 -6 19
8 Manchester United 13 -1 18
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 13 -2 18
10 Leicester City 13 -3 18
11 Crystal Palace 13 0 16
12 Brentford FC 13 0 16
13 Aston Villa 13 -3 16
14 Everton FC 13 -4 15
15 Southampton FC 13 -7 14
16 Watford FC 13 -6 13
17 Leeds United 13 -8 12
18 Burnley FC 12 -6 9
19 Norwich City 13 -20 9
20 Newcastle United 13 -14 6

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 11
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Cornet, Maxwel Burnley FC 5
Raphinha Leeds United 5
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 5
James, Reece Chelsea FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 4
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 4
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 4
Benteke, Christian Crystal Palace 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 4