At a time when he has less than two years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium, Sterling has spent as much time on the substitutes' bench as he has in the starting lineup.
Given his current game time, it appears unlikely that the England international will jump at an opportunity to sign a new deal with the Premier League champions.
According to reports in Spain, Barcelona are continuing to monitor the situation in the hope that their financial situation improves in the future.
Despite their current restrictions in the transfer market and La Liga, the Catalan giants are still being linked with a number of high-profile players.
City may insist on a proposal involving Ansu Fati if Barcelona make an approach for Sterling in 2022. body check tags ::