Barcelona likely to miss out on Manchester City star despite transfer links

Barcelona are unlikely to get their hands on Riyad Mahrez this winter despite transfer links.

The Blaugrana are likely to search for a winger in the January window amid a number of injuries and a lack of depth in the position.

Finances have improved slightly in recent months, across the exits of Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, and while Barca can’t spend big, they will have some wiggle room come January to make an addition or two.

With that in mind, Sport have linked Barca with Man City star Mahrez, who has started just twice in the Premier League this season.

But according to Fabrizio Romano, it’s unlikely the Algerian is going anywhere this winter.

According to Romano, Mahrez wants to stay and fight for his place, keen to continue working under Guardiola beyond this season.

That could be a blow to Barca, but they are far more likely to look at cheaper targets anyway, and Mahrez’s City teammate Raheem Sterling is just that, set to leave on a free next summer or on the cheap in January.

Tags Fabrizio Romano Manchester City Pep Guardiola Raheem Sterling Riyad Mahrez

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  1. Del says:

    I love reading these articles.

    “while Barca can’t spend big, they will have some wiggle room” = Mahrez.

    “but they are far more likely to look at cheaper targets anyway” = Raheem Sterling.

    But seriously, Luuk DeJong seems to be the price-point of what they can afford until they offload their dead-weight.

    Maybe they can get Loren Moron on loan from Real Betis since things aren’t going well for him at Espanyol. He could possibly be an upgrade on DeJong and will be within the range of Barca’s budget.

    Whether Espanyol wants to assist a team they are tied with in the standings is another matter.

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