Manchester City are reportedly willing to let Raheem Sterling leave the club during the current summer transfer window.
In a recent Twitter post, journalist and transfer expert Fabrizio Romano had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Raheem Sterling, Chelsea top target as reported last Tuesday. Man City want around €55/60m – approach for €25m & add-ons turned down. Chelsea will be back with new bid soon – as Man City are open to let him go.”
City signed the winger back in the 2015 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club Liverpool in a deal worth £49m.
His latest season at the Etihad Stadium saw the former Liverpool attacker find the net 17 times and provide nine assists in 47 appearances across all competitions.
This shows just how much Pep Guardiola relies on him and how useful he can be in an attacking sense, which is why it could be a big blow for City to lose him this summer.
With the Spaniard sharing his praise for the winger earlier in their previous season for his efforts on the pitch, it’s clear that the City boss knows how crucial he can be for the team.
In fact, after coming on as a substitute in the second half of City’s final Premier League game of last season against Aston Villa, the England international provided the assist for Ilkay Gundogan’s first goal that eventually led to the home side overcoming a 2-0 deficit to secure the title in dramatic fashion.
This further highlights how Sterling can step up and deliver for his side when it matters.
With Chelsea now reportedly after the winger, allowing a player of his calibre and experience to leave for a club that will presumably be looking to take the Premier League title off City could be a big mistake from them.
The best way forward for City would be to change their current stance and convince the 27-year-old to continue his journey with the Citizens and keep helping them win titles.