Raheem Sterling is said to have already passed Thomas Tuchel’s test to join Chelsea this summer, but that makes it hard for the Blues to decide. There has been a lot of talk about the Manchester City forward moving to Stamford Bridge, but Real Madrid and Arsenal are also said to be interested.
But if the west London team signs the 27-year-old, it will make Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech’s futures uncertain, according to The Athletic. The report says that Sterling and maybe even Ousmane Dembele would be the players Tuchel would sign to replace the two Chelsea players.
CIES Football Observatory puts Sterling’s value at about £59 million. He played 30 times for Pep Guardiola’s team in the Premier League last year and directly helped score 19 goals. Sterling’s contract at the Etihad runs out in 2023. He has played all over the front three for City, giving Tuchel another option for the false-nine position.
Kai Havertz has taken over that role, and Chelsea chose him over Romelu Lukaku, who was no longer in the team’s good graces. But now that Sterling is available to Tuchel, the former Bayer Leverkusen technician can be given more freedom to be creative.
And former Chelsea defender Scott Minto has told Sterling that a move to Stamford Bridge would be “perfect” if it happens. Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “Raheem Sterling is an even easier choice for Chelsea, oh my god. It kind of makes you wonder, “Well, where would he go?” He won’t go back to Liverpool, and he won’t go to Manchester United, either.
“Runner-up? Well, United are pretty bad, but Chelsea would be a great fit for him. I think both Chelsea and Spurs would be good moves for him, but I still think Chelsea would be able to close that gap more than Spurs could, so I’d say go for Chelsea.”
When Tuchel first talked to football.London about a rebuild, he said: “We are rebuilding the team, not making it better. We are building back up. This is always a challenge, but we’re up for it.
“I haven’t known where we are since the first day. I can promise that I will be here, and I will be here with full energy and a positive attitude no matter what. We will still work for Chelsea, and I won’t let myself think about bad things. We will be competitive, but we don’t know at what level.”