Lampard, De Bruyne and eight more: The players to play for both Chelsea and Man City amid Sterling rumours

Chelsea have emerged as heavy favourites to sign Raheem Sterling this summer.

According to Sky Sports, the club are awaiting the imminent departure of Romelu Lukaku before opening formal talks with Manchester City over a deal.

Sterling has revolutionised his game under Pep Guardiola, recently becoming one of the latest members of the Premier League ‘100 club’.

Transfers between Chelsea and Man City have become rarer in recent years. While the clubs have become rivals for every competition they compete in, the pair are not part of English football’s traditionally accepted big clubs, alongside the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool.

However, some deals have been done as the teams enjoyed their individual rises to the top, with a number of world-class footballers representing both.

Frank Lampard

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An undoubted Chelsea legend, Frank Lampard scored 210 goals for the Blues in an extraordinary 13-year spell, helping the club to their first ever Champions League and Premier League trophies.

After a move to City-affiliated New York City, he was immediately loaned to the Etihad stadium, eventually coming back to haunt the Blues with an equalising goal in a crunch-title matchup between the sides.

The former midfielder would come back to manage the Blues in 2019, leading them to an unlikely fourth place finish during ‘Project Restart’

Kevin De Bruyne

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While Lampard enjoyed his best years in London, the same certainly can’t be said for Kevin de Bruyne.

After only a handful of appearances under Jose Mourinho, the Belgian moved to Germany to prove his worth, before securing a £55m deal to City.

He has since developed into one of the best midfielders in the world, consistently leading his side to new heights, performing at some of the highest levels the league has ever seen.

Daniel Sturridge

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The 32-year-old Perth Glory man was a Champions League winner with Chelsea, also later winning the crown with Liverpool.

Before this though, Daniel Sturridge was with City, where he made 32 appearances before making the move to West London.

While he developed with the Blues, neither club saw the best of the England international, who saved his best football for Brendan Rodgers’ time at Anfield.

Willy Caballero

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A bit of a cult hero at both clubs, Chelsea picked up Willy Caballero after a three-year spell at the Etihad Stadium.

The Argentine’s finest moment in England undoubtedly came in 2016, when he saved three penalties to win City the League Cup final over Liverpool.

With the Blues, Lampard ended up utilising Caballero in crucial games during ‘Project Restart’, with him gaining more trust from the manager than Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Nicolas Anelka

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The French striker enjoyed success at many of the teams he featured for in his journeyman career, although some of his best football was played alongside Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge.

The pair were crucial to Chelsea’s 2009/10 double winning side, the season after being the league’s top scorer individually.

The now-retired forward was equally prolific for Manchester City earlier in the century, scoring 46 goals in 103 games between 2002 and 2005.

George Weah

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At the tail of what had been a sensational career, the former Balon d’Or winner enjoyed brief spells at both Chelsea and Manchester City.

He joined the Blues on loan from AC Milan in January 2000, helping the side win the FA Cup that year.

He went on to join Manchester City, where he left after a falling out over game time. He had made just six appearances.

The former striker now boasts a career in politics, becoming the President of Liberia in 2018.

Shaun Wright-Phillps

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The tricky winger was called up to the Manchester City first team all the way back in 1999, where he featured for six years before joining Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side.

The England international scored 10 and assisted 18 for the Blues, before a move back to the Etihad stadium in 2008, where he was part of the early years of the City we know today.

Wayne Bridge

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Wayne Bridge has a place in all Chelsea fans hearts after his late goal at Highbury dumped rivals Arsenal out of the Champions League in 2004.

In truth though, the signing of Ashley Cole in 2006 spelled the beginning of the end for Bridge’s tenure at left-back for the club, eventually joining Manchester City in 2009.

The Englishman enjoyed a sweet win over the Blues at Stamford Bridge in 2010, famously declining a handshake from John Terry before the game began.

David Rocastle

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The England international was a stalwart for Arsenal in the late 1980s, playing 229 games for the club before moving on, eventually finding himself at City.

He featured for only half a season with the Citizens, before being sold to Chelsea in 1994, where he bounced around a few teams on loan before his departure in 1998.

Rocastle would sadly pass away in 2001 at the age of just 33.

Scott Sinclair

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Seen as one for the future at Stamford Bridge, Scott Sinclair was promoted to the first team in 2007 before enduring six loan spells away from the club, eventually leaving for Swansea in 2010.

He would help the Welsh side return to the Premier League in 2012, earning him a move to City which only consisted of more time on loan to West Brom and Aston Villa, before a transfer to the latter only left fans wondering what might have been.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.