September 25, 2022

Chelsea are focused on deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, but have also discussed moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Manchester City over a deal for Sterling. The club will only sign the players Thomas Tuchel wants and they are determined to add the England winger to their attacking options this summer.

A source said Sky Sports News an agreement between the two clubs on a fee is “close”, although another official has suggested this is an overly optimistic view of ongoing negotiations.

Any deal between Chelsea and City would be contingent on Sterling’s personal deal, and it is believed he would be expected to top the salary he is currently receiving at City, in line with his status as one of the biggest attacking talents in the game. the Premier League at the height of his career.

As previously reported, Sterling’s relationship with Pep Guardiola and City remains very positive, with the Premier League champions content to let the 27-year-old go, even to a rival, as long as there is an acceptable offer in the area. of £50 million.

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Athletic’s Liam Twomey discusses Chelsea’s potential £50m bid for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, and whether he would be a good fit for the club.

Sterling currently has just one year left on his existing contract at the Etihad, with no plans to extend it. He is keen to discuss a possible return to London, where much of his family is still based – he grew up in Neasden, a few miles from Wembley.

Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he’s directly contributed to 165 combined divisional goals in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City – as well as tactical flexibility and experience.

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Sterling scored 13 Premier League goals last season

The 27-year-old believes he is in the decisive phase of his career and wants to make a significant contribution on and off the pitch.

That City can afford to lose two strikers to members of the ‘Big Six’ – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for £45million and Sterling to Stamford Bridge – without worry is a sign of their strong recruitment and gap between clubs.

Transfers between clubs at the top of the table are set to become more common as European sides struggle to compete financially with their English counterparts.

Ronaldo absent from Man Utd training

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent when the majority of Manchester United players returned for pre-season training with new boss Erik ten Hag on Monday morning.

The Portuguese striker has informed the club that he wants to leave this summer to play Champions League football.

It is understood his absence from training on Monday was due to family reasons, with United accepting that explanation.

United’s stance on Ronaldo remains that he has one year left on his contract and is not for sale, despite his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Chelsea target Bayern-loving De Ligt after talks

Chelsea interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt
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Chelsea interested in Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt

Bayern Munich want to sign Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt and negotiations are already in full swing, according to Sky in Germany.

Sky in Italy reported in June that De Ligt was one of Chelsea’s transfer targets this summer, but the player is reportedly keen on a move to the Allianz Arena after hearing from sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and head coach Julian Nagelsmann for the Bayern project.

However, the fee to lure De Ligt away from Juventus can be a problem for Bayern, especially if it’s north of £51.7m (€60m).

The 22-year-old Netherlands international has a £103.4m (€120m) release clause in his contract with Juve, but it is understood the Italian club would be ready to talk at around 69m pounds sterling (80 million euros).

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