Chelsea are confident they can sign Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling this summer, as long as a fee can be agreed with the Premier League champions for the player.
Thomas Tuchel is a huge fan of Sterling, with the Blues boss believing the striker is more suited to Chelsea’s style of play than Romelu Lukaku, who is set to go out on loan to former Inter Milan next season.
However, City are understood to value Sterling at up to £60m, even though the player has only a year left on his contract at the federation.
In the meantime, Chelsea believe the fairer price would be closer to the £35m that Bayern Munich could end up paying for Liverpool striker Sadio Mane.
Mane has only 12 months left on his Anfield deal, but at 30 he is two years and eight months older than Sterling.
sky in italy I reported an offer of £35m from Chelsea to buy Sterling.
Sterling won four Premier League titles, four League Cups, and the City FA Cup, after joining the club in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has made 339 appearances for the current champions, scoring 131 goals – far from the top ten scorers list in the club’s history.
But a guaranteed starting point has not always been provided for Sterling under Pep Guardiola. The England winger has started only five of the 12 possible matches in the Champions League this season and the Spaniard City coach did not use him nine times in the Premier League last season.
Sterling began his football career with Chelsea’s West London rival, Queens Park Rangers, before moving to Liverpool when he was 15 years old.
Sterling has family connections in London
Sky Sports News correspondent Mark McAdam said:
“Chelsea fans have been worried about the lack of transfer activity compared to their rivals – Todd Poelly and Chelsea’s new ownership can make a big statement here.
“Raheem Sterling wants to play football. He wants to be a part of things. It was a huge part of what Manchester City did, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups, an FA Cup and a Champions League runner-up medal as well, it was a huge part of Their success story, in addition to 77 international matches with England.
“We all know the World Cup will take place in November and December and while Sterling was not a huge part of City’s starting lineup last season, it is guaranteed football that will be of interest to Gareth Southgate and Sterling.
“There is a beautiful story here too. We know that Sterling started his career at the Queens Park Rangers academy in west London. He grew up in the shadow of the Wembley arch and spent a lot of time in London before going to Liverpool.
“He has that family connection and history in London. That would be a huge factor in this situation. Chelsea are a big player in the Premier League and won a lot of trophies. That’s what Sterling wants to do: play at the highest level. Not only will he come home, but he will be a part From a successful team under new owners, who want to keep winning things. That’s going to be a great story to come out over the summer, but the first was the moves happening today.”
getsaded: Totally insane if City sold him to potential title contenders, he might really bite them in the ass. Why is it even invalid?
PierreI’d rather take Dembele for free, not Sterling, even if he’s an experienced player and can make a deal. The transfer budget should prioritize defense
Jack Lowe: sterling to chelsea? Good deal, 27 seasoned suites. Score goals. But not for 60 million. In this case I would prefer that Dembele be younger and will cost very little compared to the pound
bungeeAs a Chelsea fan, Sterling to me is a no-brainer and there aren’t a lot of pre-proven followers around for the people available, it guarantees a healthy amount of goals and a more reliable option than our current strikers.
first: It makes sense in all respects, that no fitness club would turn down and Sterling and Sterling need matches to cement their place in WC beginning in XI with all the young talent coming behind them.
Calum: It would be a big mistake, to sell City Sterling to Chelsea. It weakens them and strengthens one of their competitors. I will make him come back to Liverpool to replace Mane but I think most fans will not accept him. He left on very bad terms but you can imagine what Jurgen Klopp could do.
dewThe Premier League has proven to be a more consistent captain and finisher than Chelsea have now, saving fees under £50m but anything more than that is another expensive gamble.
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