Report: Top Chelsea target 'open' to Stamford Bridge move after contact with Tuchel
Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling would be open to joining Chelsea with the London club set to make an opening bid, according to The Telegraph.
The 27-year-old, whose contract at Manchester City expires next year, has reportedly emerged as one of Chelsea’s top attacking targets this summer.
The Telegraph claims that Tuchel himself has contacted Sterling over his plans.
While Sterling has yet to confirm his intention to leave, the report adds that Europe’s top clubs believe the winger is ready to leave Manchester City.
For Manchester City, cashing on the England international would obviously be the most sensible option financially, unless they planned to offer him a new deal.
The Premier League champions reportedly value the former Liverpool star at between £50million and £60m, and Chelsea are said to be preparing an opening bid.
While the report also mentions interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona in Sterling, the England international would reportedly be open to a move to Stamford Bridge if he is confident that he can play regularly and challenge for trophies under Tuchel.
Considering Romelu Lukaku’s expected Inter Milan return and doubts over the future of Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech, and Timo Werner, Sterling would arguably not have any problem becoming a regular starter at Chelsea.
The versatile forward scored more Premier League goals (13) than any Chelsea player last season with only Mason Mount having ahead of him in terms of goal contributions (18).
Tuchel’s Chelsea side desperately needs a reliable goalscorer, and Sterling’s record of 78 goals in the Premier League in the last five seasons certainly makes him an attractive target.
He is not the only attacker on Chelsea’s shortlist based on the report, however.
The Blues are reportedly also interested in Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele and Everton’s Richarlison.