Chelsea are looking to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling this summer.
Thomas Tuchel is a great admirer of the winger, who is out of contract next summer. The Blues boss believes Sterling is a better fit for Chelsea’s style of play than Romelu Lukaku, who is likely to be loaned out to former club Inter Milan.
Sky sports news understands a transfer fee of almost £60m would be required for a deal to go through during this transfer window.
heaven in Italy report Chelsea are confident of signing Sterling this summer and report a potential £35m offer for the player.
Sterling has won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup at City after joining the club in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has made 339 appearances for the current top-flight club, scoring 131 goals – just outside the top ten on the club’s all-time scorers’ chart.
But a guaranteed starting place was not always provided for Sterling under Pep Guardiola. The England winger has started just five out of a possible 12 Champions League games this season and was used nine times by City’s Spanish manager in the Premier League last season.
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Sterling has family connections in London
Sky Sports News reporter Mark McAdam:
“Chelsea fans have been concerned about a lack of transfer activity compared to their rivals – Todd Boehly and the new Chelsea owner could make a big statement here.
“Raheem Sterling wants to play football. He wants to be a part of things. He’s a huge part of what Manchester City have achieved, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup, and a runners-up medal in the Champions League He’s been a big part of their success story, capturing 77 caps for England.
“We all know that the World Cup is coming up in November and December and although Sterling wasn’t a huge part of City’s starting XI last season, it’s that guaranteed football that will be of interest to Gareth Southgate and Sterling.
“Here’s a nice story too. We know that Sterling started his career at Queen’s Park Rangers Academy in west London. Growing up in the shadow of the arch of Wembley Stadium, he spent much of his time in London before moving up to Liverpool.
“He has that family connection and history in London. That’s going to be a big factor in this situation. Chelsea are a big player in the Premier League and have won a lot of trophies. That’s what Sterling wants to do: play at the highest level.” Not only would he come home, but he would be part of a winning team under new owners who want to keep winning. It’s going to be an intriguing story to play out over the summer, but the first moves happened today.”
Sterling to Chelsea? your views…
Jetsdad: Absolute madness if City sold him to potential title contenders it could really bite their butt. Why is he so unpopular?
Pierre: I’d rather take Dembele for free than Sterling even if he’s a proven player and could make a deal. Our transfer budget should prioritize defense
JackLowe: Sterling to Chelsea? Good deal, 27 experienced winger. Score goals. But not for 60 million. In that case I would prefer Dembele who is younger and would cost very little compared to sterling
benjy: Sterling is a no-brainer for me as a Chelsea fan, there aren’t many proven ayers available, he guarantees a healthy number of goals and a more reliable option than our current crop-off attackers.
Olli: Makes sense overall, no club would turn down a fit and fire Sterling and Sterling needs games to cement his place in the WC starting XI with all the young talent emerging behind him.
Callum: It would be a huge mistake for City to sell Sterling to Chelsea. It weakens them and strengthens one of their rivals. I would bring him back to Liverpool to replace Mane but I don’t think most fans would accept him. He left under very bad conditions but you can imagine what Jurgen Kloop could do.
andy :Premier League proved a leader and more consistent finisher than what Chelsea have now. Provided the fee is under £50m it’s worth it, but anything beyond that is another expensive gamble
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