'Preparing a new bid': Chelsea ready to make bid to sign 'world-class' player soon - Romano

Chelsea are reportedly ready to launch a bid for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling.

According to Fabrizio Romano, the Premier League champions are focusing on the deal as their next piece of business, following the speculated confirmation of Gabriel Jesus’ sale.

The Blues were also strongly rumoured to be interested in the Brazilian, although it appears London rivals Arsenal are set to oust them for the deal in the coming days.

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Sterling has been touted as one of the priorities at Stamford Bridge this summer, with Thomas Tuchel reportedly already reaching out to the Englishman over a potential move.

The 27-year-old scored 13 goals in the Premier League last season, despite limited starting appearances due to strong competition at the Etihad.

His performances have drawn him praise throughout the years for club and country, with former Blues manager Frank Lampard describing him as “world-class”.

It now seems like Chelsea are ready to table a bid for Sterling, with Romano claiming the Premier League champions are preparing for the deal.

He said: “Manchester City will now focus on Raheem Sterling deal after selling Jesus – with Chelsea preparing a new bid.”

Pep Guardiola’s men have already enjoyed a stellar transfer window, reportedly adding Kalvin Phillips to the signings of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

This has allowed them to focus on departures, and the England international leaving would see a seven-year spell at the club come to an end.

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Sterling to Chelsea would bring an example of individual brilliance the club hasn’t seen since Eden Hazard, and adding a proven goalscorer to their ranks should be seen as essential this summer.

The Blues should look to get this deal over the line as soon as possible, with plenty of positions to be strengthened and a reported six faces coming through the door this summer, with the new season just over a month away.

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.