Chelsea report: Blues plotting sensational summer swoop for Raheem Sterling

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, smiling
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Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign Raheem Sterling from Manchester City this summer.

The England forward has a year left to run on his contract at City, with whom he won a fourth Premier League title last season.

There has been talk of Sterling leaving the Etihad Stadium for a while now; could that come to pass in the current transfer window?

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel wants the 27-year-old to lead the line for the Blues next season - with £97.5-million man Romelu Lukaku potentially re-joining Inter Milan on loan after his disastrous return to Stamford Bridge.

The report adds that it would take a fee in the region of £60 million to secure Sterling's services.

And Sterling could well be tempted by a move to West London - where he started out as a youngster with QPR.

He has not been a guaranteed starter under Pep Guardiola - and competition for places in the City attack isn't going to be any less stiff next season, following the arrival of a certain Erling Haaland.

That said, Sterling - who Guardiola has previously described as a "key player" - continued to prove his importance in 2022-23, scoring 13 league goals at an average of 0.55 per 90 (by comparison, Lukaku netted eight times at a rate of 0.45/90).

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Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for The Analyst and When Saturday Comes, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...