Cash-strapped Barca linked with double raid for Man Utd and Man City attackers

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Barcelona are reportedly considering moves for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani in the upcoming January transfer window.

Despite the Spanish club's dire financial situation, Barca are desperate to add at least another forward to their squad following Sergio Aguero's recent medical issues.

The Argentine has been diagnosed with a heart condition after suffering breathing problems during a match against Alaves over the weekend, and will be out of action for at least three months, leaving the Catalan giants desperately short up front.

As such, they're considering their options and reports suggest that Sterling and Cavani are high on the club's wish-list.

According toSport , Barcelona won't make any final decisions on potential new players until Xavi is confirmed as the club's manager – which is expected to happen within the next week.

However, they are drawing up a list of names for when he does arrive, presuming that negotiations with Al-Sadd proceed successfully.

Having lost his first-team spot – and his shirt number – to Cristiano Ronaldo, Cavani feels like a more obtainable target, particularly as he's out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season.

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Prying Sterling away from the Etihad would be a much more difficult task, but Barcelona's hope is that good relations between president Joan Laporta and City boss Pep Guardiola – as well as with City's director of football Txiki Begiristain – could help facilitate a deal.

Sterling himself has also previously admitted he'd be open to a move to Spain at some point in his career, and after six-and-a-half years at City, a new challenge could be tempting.

The biggest potential stumbling block for both deals is that Sterling and Cavani would likely have to accept significant pay cuts, but the lure of playing for one of Europe's most iconic sides could be seen as payment enough.

  • Raheem Sterling
  • Barcelona FC
  • Manchester United FC
  • Manchester City FC
  • Premier League

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