'Rather go on a free': Talksport pundit blows off Chelsea interest in £50m star, negotiations reportedly underway

TalkSPORT pundit Anton Ferdinand has suggested Chelsea will not be getting Raheem Sterling this summer.

The England international put elite clubs on notice as reports came out that he was looking for a new challenge this season.

Despite mounting competition in an already stacked attack, Sterling continued to perform, providing 17 goals and nine assists in all competitions.

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The winger’s game has developed massively under Pep Guardiola, after his £50m move from Liverpool.

His career at international level has turned around in the last couple years too, becoming the Three Lions’ hero at Euro 2020.

Links to Chelsea may delight Blues fans, with the original reported price by DiMarzio of around £35m.

However, some pundits are not convinced the deal is best for the Englishman, with Ferdinand claiming Sterling’s ambitions should be elsewhere.

He said: “They ain’t getting him. If I’m Raheem I’m staying at Man City, because I’d rather go on a free. I’m definitely going to the World Cup. I go to the World Cup and I do well, Real Madrid just missed out on Mbappe there’s no reason why they won’t take him.”

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Developments yesterday suggested that negotiations were underway between the two clubs, as the Stamford Bridge faithful awaits the first big signing of the Todd Boehly era.

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Chelsea signing Sterling would give them a proven Premier League goalscorer. While he may hold some features seen in other wide attackers at the club in terms of missing chances, his goalscoring record speaks for itself, and he’d be joining a team which do create plenty of chances.

In terms of Sterling’s personal ambition, he could certainly reap the rewards of joining the Blues, a team who are looking to get back to the top of the tree.

The England international could flourish in the opportunity to be the main man, opposed to a cog in a superb machine.

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.