Report: £60m player would join Chelsea, but wants Thomas Tuchel to promise he's going to start him regularly
Chelsea target Raheem Sterling reportedly wants a promise from Blues manager Thomas Tuchel to start if he’s to complete a transfer to Stamford Bridge.
According to The Sun, Manchester City attacker Sterling is considering leaving the Etihad Stadium this summer and is open to joining any top club competing for trophies.
It is understood that Chelsea would like to sign the 27-year-old star, especially as the club’s new owners think he’s someone that would class as a marquee addition. He is likely to demand a transfer fee of around £60million.
The report explains Sterling’s main driver in contract negotiations with an interested party will be the promise to start him regularly next season.
He scored 17 goals in 47 appearances across all competitions this season for Man City. However, he didn’t always start the biggest matches, and the competition for places is extremely tough in Pep Guardiola’s side.
Sterling wants promise from Tuchel
It’s no surprise to hear Sterling will demand a regular starting position to join Chelsea.
He’s a key international that will have one eye on the World Cup at the end of the year, so building up momentum before that appears crucial.
It’s been reported Chelsea are the most likely English club to pull off a transfer this summer to sign Sterling.
Blues fans will be cautious using the word ‘guaranteed’ when it comes to goalscorers because they’ve seen too many times attackers flop at the Bridge.
However, Sterling’s a player at the peak of his powers with 131 goals and 95 assists in 339 Man City appearances.
The stumbling block over contract negotiations is the demand of regular starts, especially because Tuchel did rotate his attackers this season in an attempt to find the best combination.
It feels like Sterling would be good enough to break into the side, though.