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Chelsea Are Weighing Up A Shock Bid For Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea Are Weighing Up A Shock Bid For Raheem Sterling

Chelsea Are Weighing Up A Shock Bid For Raheem Sterling

Chelsea are among a number of clubs weighing up a bid for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

The 27-year-old has one year remaining on his City contract and there’s a ‘growing feeling’ among potential suitors he’ll be ready to leave.

Per the Telegraph, a number of top European sides are said to be interested in Sterling including Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. Bayern Munich are monitoring the situation in case a move for Sadio Mane breaks down.

However, Chelsea have also emerged as shock contenders for the England international’s signature.

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Image Credit: Alamy

The Blues have recently been taken over by an American consortium led by Todd Boehly and Sterling would be a marquee signing given his profile.

Sterling started 23 times for City in their title winning campaign but isn’t the regular he once was, with omission from the starting XI of both Champions League semi-final clashes with Real Madrid most noticeable.

He’s scored double figures in his last five Premier League seasons and it’s believed he’d be attracted to a move to London, where he grew up.

Back in October, Sterling revealed he’d be up for moving abroad if the opportunity presented itself.

He explained during an appearance at the FT Business of Sport US summit: “If there was an opportunity to go somewhere else, (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.

“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.

City would still look for around £50 million to let Sterling go, what they paid to sign him from Liverpool in 2015.

Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku last summer to lead their attack but the transfer has been underwhelming.

Thomas Tuchel’s side have been taken over by a consortium led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital which has allowed the German to work on his transfer plans ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer, with a rebuild set to happen. The new Chelsea owners are expected to be ready to hand the German head coach £200m, of which a percentage could be used to bring Sterling to London.

Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in the attacker, but Chelsea could have an advantage over the La Liga giants.

The 27-year-old was born in the English capital and could welcome a return south, spending the majority of his youth career at Queens Park Rangers, just a short distance from Stamford Bridge.

There is a ‘growing feeling’ among Europe’s top clubs that Raheem Sterling will consider leaving Manchester City this summer and Chelsea are showing the ‘greatest interest’, according to reports.

Sterling is known to be the subject of interest from Thomas Tuchel‘s side this summer with a rebuild eyed in west London. Chelsea are prepared to revamp their attack, signalled by their intent of being willing to listen to offers for attacking trio Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner.

Potential replacements have been shortlisted – Sterling is among the shortlist which also includes RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and out of contract Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele. Sterling’s teammate Gabriel Jesus is also of interest, with the Brazilian having been offered to Chelsea.

Sterling’s situation in Manchester is being monitored by the Blues. He is out of contract next summer and the 27-year-old us yet to offer any indication over his future.

Sterling will therefore be eager to revive his club career, but one of the main obstacles in striking a deal with Liverpool is the fact that City are reluctant to sell one of their assets to a Premier League rival, and would therefore prefer to do a deal with a club abroad.

For now, Sterling’s focus will be on securing more game time at the Etihad in the upcoming match at home to Everton on Sunday.

Guardiola’s men head into the contest sitting second in the table with 23 points from 11 games – three behind league leaders Chelsea.

City ran out 2-0 winners away at Manchester United in their last match before the international break.

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