These are your Manchester City evening headlines for Wednesday, June 22.
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Wednesday, June 22.Raheem Sterling closes on decision as Man City wait for Chelsea transfer bid
Manchester City can expect to know from Raheem Sterling about his future before their pre-season tour as the England international nears a decision on where he will be playing his football next season.
Sterling, 27, has just one year left on his current deal at the Etihad and has had conversations with the club about continuing at a place where he has been integral to the team winning four Premier League titles in five years and establishing themselves as the dominant force in English football.
However, Pep Guardiola cannot offer Sterling any guarantees over playing time given the ferociously-competitive nature of the squad and City bosses have left the player to decide for himself if he still feels they can offer him what he wants.
‘I don’t buy it’ – Former director rubbishes Barcelona’s ‘smoke’ pursuit of Man City star Bernardo Silva
Ex-Barcelona director Toni Freixa has accused Barcelona of “blatantly selling smoke” in their reported pursuit of Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva.
He claims the club are using such links with the midfielder – as well as with Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde – to appease fans amid their financial difficulties. Barcelona are thought to have debts totalling £1bn.
As a result, they have been hit by La Liga’s financial rules and so are supposedly looking to offload players in order to manoeuvre in the transfer market. The club’s well-documented money issues saw Lionel Messi leave for Paris Saint-Germain last summer as they were forced to recruit either low-cost or free signings.