Raheem Sterling has arranged his future in negotiations but no decision has yet been made, and Chelsea are expected to act in his best interests once Romelu Lukaku’s loan spell at Inter Milan ends.
The England international is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad and, at 27, he is thinking carefully about what he thinks will be the defining stage of his career.
Chelsea are yet to enter into a formal dialogue with Sterling, one of their main targets.
Sterling feels he is not yet at his peak and can still improve his game, which can only be achieved if he is seen as a decisive contributor in the starting XI – especially against the backdrop of the most great competition.
That level has gone down at City, but there is a deep mutual respect between the player and the club. He respectfully requested time to fully assess the type of role he plays in Pep Cardiola’s plans.
Sterling aspires to make a meaningful contribution wherever he plays, and he’s honest that he doesn’t relish a bit of a role, and thrives on being given responsibility on and off the pitch.
Talks with City have been very professional and compassionate, and it is understood the club will not stand in his way should he choose to leave and be paid accordingly.
Thomas Tuchel is a Sterling fan, who represents an improvement over many of his current options in the final third and boasts tactical prowess.
Sterling could remedy Chelsea’s scoring problems by scoring double points in their last five Premier League seasons. He also proved to be a creative force, directly contributing to 165 goals in 320 appearances for Liverpool and then City.
Chelsea aren’t the only ones following Sterling with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Bayern Munich viewed him as a replacement for Sadio Mane, while Julian Knucklesman had previously publicly announced his admiration for the multi-funksnall striker.
Chelsea have used Senegal International’s £35.1million move from Liverpool to Alliance Arena as a guide to Sterling’s potential fee, but City are looking for more than £50million as he is much younger than Mane and has an intra-bonus. league against its rivals. to apply.
Compromising around £45million, Chelsea walk away if they confirm their offer.
Sterling won’t think about a possible relocation until formal talks have taken place, and he will address what is guaranteed to him from a football perspective.
One of the fundamental reasons is that he leads all the meetings himself. You don’t want to be frustrated if you can’t get the right tone, so invest in a good capo.
A four-time title winner, he also wants to help ensure trophies can become an important goal for the club as they move forward and develop young players.
Chelsea are also considering Ousmane Dembele and Christopher Nkunku, with other options seemingly out of reach. Robert Lewandowski will join Barcelona, while Arsenal are ‘very confident’ in signing Gabriel Jesus from City.
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