It is a transfer saga that will no doubt rumble on throughout the summer… will Raheem Sterling leave Liverpool? And who will he join if he does exit Anfield? There’s a long way to go, of course, but it is looking highly unlikely that Liverpool will keep the highly rated England youngster.
It looks like Sterling will move to a new club, but the fee of £50m that Liverpool are demanding will have to come down somewhat before any club concludes a deal for Sterling, as it is being reported that both Manchester City and Chelsea will only offer £40m for the England man.
It is a big sum for Sterling, but Chelsea are one of a handful of clubs that can afford to do the deal for the 20-year-old, so that won’t be an issue for the Blues.
As it is often said when you win the title you should not rest on your laurels in the transfer market, as Manchester City have been guilty of in recent years, and Jose Mourinho will be fully aware of this, with strengthening what is already a strong squad at Chelsea on the cards.
Chelsea might well do a deal for Sterling. He may not be exactly what they need, but he is a young talent who will add to the Chelsea attacking options in the long-term.
Along with the attacking threat that Sterling will offer, he is an English player and qualifies as a home-grown star, which is key for teams like Chelsea who need to fill their quotas. Obviously it is a lot of money for the sake of a quota, but Sterling will add some substantial ability as well.
If Chelsea do indeed sign Sterling, then he will bring more pace to the Chelsea attack, add another superb dribbler alongside Eden Hazard and he will also present a bit of variety, as he can play up front and off the front in any of the three attacking positions. He is also young and has his best years ahead of him, too.
The Blues do have the money, however, it would be a bit expensive for a player who may not always be a regular in the Chelsea first team as there is fierce competition in the attacking areas from the likes of Willian, Oscar and Hazard. The fact that Sterling may not always be a regular could be an issue for Chelsea and the reported fee of £40m is certainly a lot of money considering that.
Who knows whether Chelsea will sign Sterling or not, at the moment it is hard to tell. We know they can, but whether they will is a different question altogether. However, it is the sort of signing that does show some real intent.