Barcelona and Raheem Sterling want to see a deal struck in January.
According to Sport, Barca are in contact with the unsettled Manchester City attacker ahead of the winter transfer window.
Sterling has spoken openly about the prospect of leaving – and for abroad – in recent weeks.
Barca are keen, though do not have the finances available to buy the England international in January.
Instead, Barca president Joan Laporta has informed City – via trusted intermediaries – that they wish to take Sterling on a six-month loan with an option to buy.