Raheem Sterling has one year remaining on his contract at Man City; Sky Sports News understands it would take a bid close to £60m from Chelsea for a deal to be done in this transfer window
Chelsea are confident they can sign Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling this summer, as long as a fee can be agreed with the Premier League champions for the player.
Thomas Tuchel is a big admirer of Sterling, with the Blues boss believing the forward is better suited to Chelsea’s style of play than Romelu Lukaku, who is set to go out on loan back to former club Inter Milan next season.
However, City are understood to value Sterling at up to £60m, even though the player only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad.
Chelsea, meanwhile, believe a fairer price would be closer to the £35m which Bayern Munich could end up paying for Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.
Mane also has just 12 months left on his deal at Anfield, but at 30 is two years and eight months older than Sterling.
Sterling has won four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup at City, after joining the club in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has played 339 times for the current top-flight champions, scoring 131 goals – just outside the top ten in the club’s all-time goalscorers list.
But a guaranteed starting spot has not always been provided for Sterling under Pep Guardiola. The England winger started just five out of a possible 12 Champions League games this season and was unused by City’s Spanish manager nine times in the Premier League last term.
Sterling started his career at Chelsea’s west London rivals Queens Park Rangers, before moving to Liverpool when he was 15.