Raheem Sterling wants to depart Manchester City in an effort to join Chelsea this summer, in line with reports. The 27-year-old is claimed to have emerged as a priority goal for the Blues, with Thomas Tuchel believed to be keen on bringing him to Stamford Bridge upfront of the brand new Premier League campaign.
Sterling’s long-term future at City has been called into query in recent months after falling down the pecking order on the Etihad Stadium over the previous few seasons. He’s now said to be at the highest of Chelsea’s summer wish list and it seems as if he could be keen on joining the Blues before the on-pitch motion gets back underway in early August.
Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Sterling has decided that he would really like to make the switch to west London after taking a while to weigh up his options out there. Chelsea at the moment are said to be preparing a latest bid for the Jamaican-born winger after seeing their initial offer rebuffed by City earlier this month.
The defending Premier League champions are willing to sell for the suitable price, though, with those in command at Chelsea believed to be harbouring ‘positive feelings’ about the potential of a deal being done. Personal terms have already been discussed between Sterling’s representatives and the Blues, who’re yet to rubber-stamp any summer arrivals despite their best efforts within the window up to now.
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Sterling is claimed to have been lined up by the Blues to play an important role of their front three next season instead of Romelu Lukaku, who’s widely expected to rejoin Inter Milan on loan by the top of this week. The City man could possibly be available for a comparatively modest fee this summer, along with his current deal in Manchester poised to run out in a 12 months’s time as things stand.
Goals were a difficulty for the Blues last season and Sterling has proven himself to be a shrewd operator in that regard during his time at City. He has bagged a complete of 131 goals in his seven-year spell with the Premier League champions and managed to seek out the back of the online on 17 occasions over the course of the previous campaign.
Nonetheless, it stays to be seen whether Chelsea will have the option to choose a fee as they give the impression of being to step up their interest within the forward, with talks set to resume over the approaching days. Former Blues defender Scott Minto recently urged his old club to push hard of their pursuit of Sterling, who he believes could be the right signing to enhance their attacking ranks ahead of the brand new campaign.
“It’s a no brainer,” Minto told talkSPORT earlier this month. “I mean, my goodness, you think that where could he go? He is not going back to Liverpool, he is not going to go to United.
“The subsequent best, Chelsea could be perfect for him. I believe Chelsea and Spurs could be two good moves for him, but Chelsea would have the option to bridge that gap greater than Spurs could do, so absolutely [they should] go for him.”
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