Chelsea use Liverpool and Sadio Mane transfer talks as guide to Raheem Sterling, with ‘compromise’ charges cited


Raheem Sterling Man City May 2022 Credit: PA Images

Chelsea are using Liverpool’s talks with Bayern Munich over Sadio Mane as a guide in their pursuit of Raheem Sterling, according to a report.

The Blues are looking for a new attacking signing, with Manchester City’s Sterling their main target. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract but is pondering his future as he nears the peak of his career.

Doubts over his importance to Pep Guardiola have arisen following the arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.

And Chelsea think they can convince him to join their project, Sterling reportedly ask questions about club life and on Thomas Tuchel as a manager.

Chelsea can afford Sterling’s salary and will be in an even more comfortable position in that regard once Romelu Lukaku seals a return to Inter on loan.

However, transfer fees will prove to be the main stumbling block. sky sports therefore reports that Chelsea are using Mane as a guide for their negotiations with City.

Mane is leaving Liverpool for Bayern for £35m. However, City will demand “much more” for Sterling – likely upwards of £50m – given the differences between the players.

Sterling is three years younger than Mane and would rather move to the Premier League. That alone, even without the fact that he would move on to a title rival, would add a premium to the fee.

Previous reports in Italy claimed that Chelsea were hoping to complete a deal for around £35million.

But given City’s firm stance, the Stamford Bridge club now believe £45m would be a good ‘compromise’.

Sterling has scored 109 goals in his 320 Premier League appearances and could help solve the Blues’ scoring problems. chelsea started well last season, but inconsistencies quickly set in in their performances.

Sterling needs to walk away

Man City winger Raheem SterlingCredit: PA Images

Man City winger Raheem SterlingCredit: PA Images

Sterling has proven to be a solid part of all the success Guardiola has enjoyed as City manager.

He helped win four Premier League titles, five League Cups and the FA Cup at the Etihad Stadium.

However, as he nears his peak, he better look for a new challenge.

Sterling could of course stay at City next season and help them bid to finally win the Champions League. But the longer he remains without a new contract, the more the club risks losing him for free next summer.

Chelsea’s main objective is to win the Premier League again. The last time they clinched the top spot was in 2017 under Antonio Conte.

Having already won four Premier League titles, helping title rivals City finish top would increase Sterling’s stock in the top flight even further.

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