'That's the problem': TalkSPORT pundit claims club could really regret it if they sell 27-year-old to Chelsea

TalkSPORT pundit Shay Given has claimed Manchester City will be making a mistake by selling Raheem Sterling to Chelsea.

The England international has emerged as the club’s top target this summer, with Thomas Tuchel reportedly already in contact with the attacker.

Despite another strong goalscoring season, Sterling fell victim to City’s squad depth, with Jack Grealish, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus also competing for positions in wide areas of the attack.

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The Premier League ‘100 club’ member has often been underrated for club and country, despite constantly providing in big moments such as last year’s Euros.

The competition for places has seemingly encouraged the 27-year-old to look for a new challenge, with Chelsea reportedly ready to make an offer today.

City could regret Sterling sale

Former City goalkeeper Given has claimed the champions could regret the sale, after not utilising him enough over the last couple of seasons.

He said: “Sterling’s a player that strikes me as he won’t be happy to be coming off the bench as a bit-part player.

“Will he come back and bite Pep maybe? That’s the problem from a City point of view, do you think he might come back and score a goal at the end of the season that wins the league? I’m not saying they’ll win the league but he’s that good a player, he’s a top player.”

The club eventually finished 19 points off the pace at the top of the league, after being tipped as the team to beat earlier in the campaign.

Signing Sterling would see the Blues add a proven Premier League goalscorer to their ranks, with their current crop failing to convert chances at big moments of the season.

Not taking these opportunities saw the club tail away in the second half of the season, although the addition of the England international could help to solve that issue.

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.