Chelsea keen on Sterling

Chelsea are keen on bringing Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling to Stamford Bridge, and it’s clear to see how the England international could fit into Thomas Tuchel’s plans next season

Raheem Sterling’s Manchester City future is in doubt as he enters the final 12 months of his contract, and Mirror sources understand that the England international is open to leaving the club.

The forward has attracted interest from several top European clubs, though the latest reports suggest it’s Chelsea leading the race to land his signature.

Sterling has been a key player for Pep Guardiola’s men since his arrival back in 2015 and secured his fourth Premier League title in May. However he struggled to maintain a consistent spot in City’s starting 11, and it’s thought the promise of more regular minutes could be decisive in any decision he makes on his future.

Chelsea could provide Sterling with a platform to play a more starring role, and his potential arrival could hand Thomas Tuchel’s attack a timely boost, especially with Romelu Lukaku edging towards a return to Inter Milan, and given rumours that any of Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner or Hakim Ziyech could be sold.

Sterling’s introduction could spark a change in the dynamic of the Chelsea attack next season. Tuchel already explored different formations when options were limited due to absences last season, using a 4-1-4-1, 4-2-2-2 and even 4-3-3.

The City man is well versed in the latter, and could easily forge himself roles in the other set-ups too. However it’s very possible Tuchel won’t see a need to move away from the 3-4-3 he most often prefers.

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