Barcelona are stepping up efforts to make Raheem Sterling the club's marquee signing this summer.

The Catalan giants plan to sell Coutinho, Pjanic & Umtiti in order to raise the funds necessary to land their transfer target.

Raheem Sterling appears to be out of favor at Manchester City, finding himself on the bench frequently this season. He recorded 10 during this Premier League campaign, a far cry from the 18 he averaged the last three terms.

The left-winger is part of 's plans to clean house this summer. Exit rumors also include Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, and Riyad Mahrez.

“Transfer speculation? Do what they done before we had social media. Don't check anything, don't look at anything. That's the most important thing,” Sterling told Talk Sport about the transfer rumors.

Replacement for Dembele?

Barcelona are growing frustrated in the stalled contract extensions with Ousmane Dembele. The French winger still has a year left on his contract.

The La Liga giants see Sterling as Dembele's ideal replacement. Barcelona value the England international for his versatility, helping give them much-needed reinforcement to compete with Atletico Madrid and Real.

Should Sterling head to , he'll join former City players Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia. Barcelona are looking at raiding the Sky Blues for İlkay Gündoğan as well.

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