Chelsea have ‘formally approached’ Manchester City as they look to step up their move for Raheem Sterling, as well as his teammate Nathan Ake.
The England international has been heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium after falling down the pecking order under Pep Guardiola.
With a contract that expires next summer, City are seemingly open to cashing in on the 27-year-old. For Chelsea, the move could signal an exciting move under the new ownership of Todd Boehly.
The Daily Mail reports that Boehly made contact with the Premier League champions on Monday with a view to wrap up the deal this week.
The report adds Sterling has already held positive discussions with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel, with that conversation solidifying the 27-year-old’s desire to leave the Etihad Stadium.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea are also keen to sign City defender Nathan Ake, who began his professional career at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutchman left Chelsea in 2017 in pursuit of first-team football and following a successful loan spell at
City are parting ways with Gabriel Jesus, who’s set to join Arsenal for an initial £45million. The report marks Sterling’s valuation as in the region of £55m.
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It’s understood a formal bid is expected in the coming days, with Chelsea needing to finalise personal terms with the England star, who’s in the final year of his £300,000-a-week contract.
Sterling has been a Man City player for seven years and it’s believed his exit will be handled amicably.
With Sterling emerging as a top target for the club, Tony Cascarino believes that the ex-Liverpool man would be a great addition thanks to the unique skillset that he’d bring to the west London club.
Speaking on the Weekend Breakfast, Cascarino said: “I think they’ll do at least two big signings before the start of the season.
“I think that Raheem is perfect for Chelsea, I think that they need that kind of player.
“I love Raheem’s pace. There are so few players who can get to the byline as a wide player. Timo Werner is a terrible finisher, now some people say that Sterling’s finishing is not the greatest but he always gets chances and he always gets a decent number at the end of a season.
“I’m a bit disappointed because I thought that [Christian] Pulisic would be a really good player for Chelsea.
“He’s had too many injuries and has never quite got going. He has his moments but like a lot of the forwards at Chelsea, they’ve not really delivered in the numbers that you’d expect.
“You can put Lukaku in there, Timo Werner, I think that Havertz is not really a centre forward but has been playing that role.
“He’s improving as a player but he’s not the finished article who is going to be leading the line at Chelsea all season.”
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