Todd Boehly eyes Sterling start to new Chelsea era
According to reports, Blues manager Thomas Tuchel is a huge fan of Sterling, as he offers something radically different to Chelsea’s current frontline in that he actually scores goals.
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Sterling, who has one year left on his contract at Manchester City, is understood to be open to a move away from the Citizens, after having finally – like all Fantasy Premier League managers out there – grown sick and tired of Pep Guardiola’s tinkering ways.
The 27-year-old, who has scored 131 goals in 339 appearances for City, was previously linked with a move to Arsenal, but evidently he did not think it was worth working so hard in the last campaign just to play in the Europa League next season, despite the prospect of regular first-team football.
This paves the way for Chelsea to make their move for Sterling, who will find minutes harder to come by at City following the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
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Chelsea are hopeful of closing a £35m deal for Sterling, although City are believed to be holding out for somewhere in the region of £60m instead, in order to top up their owner Sheikh Mansour’s petty cash drawer.
The arrival of Sterling will also surely cement the departure of Romelu Lukaku, who has long been linked with a move back to Inter Milan for a derisory loan fee of €5 million (S7.3m).
It is understood, however, that Chelsea are holding out for more, with the club’s negotiating team not quite buying Inter’s sob story about them not having enough money for the Belgium international, given that the London side had just gifted them a cool £97.5 million (S$165m) for Lukaku the summer before.