'He starts': ESPN pundit's convinced 27-year-old would start for Chelsea if Tuchel signed him

Steve Nicol claims Manchester City star Raheem Sterling would definitely start for Chelsea if he moved to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Sterling, 27, is at the centre of big transfer rumours this summer.

With one year remaining on the attacker’s contract at the Etihad Stadium, he’s linked with a move away from Man City.

Its been reported Chelsea are actually working on a deal to try sign Sterling for a bargain £35million transfer fee this summer.

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Sterling would start for Chelsea

ESPN pundit Nicol is confident that Sterling would walk straight into the starting line-up of Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

The England international outscored every player in the Blues squad last season (17), so could clearly add some much-needed firepower in attack for the Blues.

“I think if he goes there (Chelsea) he starts,” Nicol told ESPN.

“This can only be about having more time on the field because you don’t go from City to Chelsea, a team who are way off you, unless that’s what it is all about.

“I think it’s a good move for Chelsea.”

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Change of system?

If Sterling moves to Chelsea, should Tuchel consider a change in formation?

Man City’s rapid attacker has the versatility to play as a central striker or winger, but he often does some of his best work cutting infield from a starting position on the left flank.

Chelsea haven’t played with conventional wingers for most of Tuchel’s reign during the past 18 months, which is why signing Sterling could signify a change in shape.

He would be a marquee addition if signed from rivals Man City this summer, so it’s crucial they find a way to get the best from him.

Romelu Lukaku’s been the latest big-name attacker to lose his way in a Chelsea shirt. Hopefully, Sterling ends up at the Bridge and plays at his full potential.

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