Chelsea want to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is a great admirer of the winger, at the end of the contract next summer. The Blues boss believes Sterling is better suited to Chelsea’s style of play than Romelu Lukaku, who is set to be loaned out to former club Inter Milan.
Sky Sports News understands that it would take a transfer fee approaching £60million for a deal to go through during this transfer window.
Sky in Italy report that Chelsea are confident of signing Sterling this summer, signaling a potential £35million offer for the player.
Sterling won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup at City, having joined the club in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has featured 339 times for the current top-flight champions, scoring 131 goals – just outside the top ten on the club’s all-time goalscorers list.
But a guaranteed starting spot hasn’t always been assured for Sterling under Pep Guardiola. The England winger has started just five of a possible 12 Champions League appearances this season and was unused by the Spanish manager for City nine times in the Premier League last term.
Sterling has family ties to London
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:
“Chelsea fans are concerned about the lack of transfer activity compared to their rivals – Todd Boehly and Chelsea’s new owner could make a huge statement here.
“Raheem Sterling wants to play football. He wants to be a part of things. He’s been a big part of what Manchester City have done, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup and a runners-up medal of the Champions League. He played an important role in their success story, as well as 77 England caps.
“We all know the World Cup is coming up in November and December and although Sterling didn’t feature prominently in City’s starting XI last season, it’s that guaranteed football that Gareth Southgate and Sterling will be interested in.
“There is also a great story here. We know that Sterling started his career at Queen’s Park Rangers academy in west London. He grew up in the shadow of the arch of Wembley Stadium and spent a lot of time in London before moving on to Liverpool.
“He has that family connection and that history in London. It will be a big factor in this situation. Chelsea are a great player in the Premier League and have won many trophies. That’s what Sterling wants to do: play at the highest level. level. He wouldn’t just come home, but he’d be part of a successful team under new owners, who want to keep winning things. It’s going to be a fascinating story that unfolds over the summer, but the first of the movements took place today.”
Sterling at Chelsea? Your views…
Jetsdad: Absolute madness if City sell him to potential title rivals, it could really bite them in the back. Why is he so disgraced?
Rock: I’d rather take Dembele for free and not Sterling even though he’s a confirmed player and could get a deal. Our transfer budget must prioritize defense
Jack Lowe: Sterling to Chelsea? Good deal, 27 experienced winger. Score goals. But not for 60 million. In this case, I prefer Dembele who is younger and would cost very little compared to the pound.
Benjamin: As a Chelsea fan, for me the pound is a no-brainer, there aren’t many proven ayers available, it guarantees a good amount of goals and a more reliable option than our current strikers.
Ollie: It makes sense by any measure, no club would turn down a form and fire Sterling and Sterling needs games to cement his place in the World Cup starting XI with all the young talent arriving behind him.
callum: It would be a big mistake for City to sell sterling to Chelsea. This weakens them and strengthens any of their rivals. I would bring him back to Liverpool to replace Mane, but I think most fans wouldn’t accept him. He left on very bad terms but you can imagine what Jurgen Kloop could do.
Andy :Premier League proven more consistent leader and finisher than Chelsea have now, provided fee is under £50m it’s worth it but anything more is another expensive gamble
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