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Chelsea contact Manchester City as they look to sign Raheem Sterling

Chelsea formally approach Man City to sign Raheem Sterling as new co-owner Todd Boehly wants to make a significant statement by signing the £55million-rated winger to Stamford Bridge THIS WEEK

  • Chelsea have been linked with a transfer to Raheem Sterling in recent weeks
  • They have now contacted Manchester City in a bid to sign the winger
  • Chelsea would have to pay around £55million to bring in the England international
  • Signing Sterling would be a big statement for Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly
  • The Blues are hopeful they can close a deal with City later this week

Chelsea have formally approached Manchester City to complete the signing of Raheem Sterling.

Sportsmail understands that Todd Boehly reached out to the Premier League champions on Monday to negotiate a deal over the next week.

Sterling has already had positive talks with Blues boss Thomas Tuchel about how he would be deployed at Stamford Bridge, and that conversation confirmed the 27-year-old’s desire to leave the Etihad Stadium.

Chelsea have formally approached Manchester City for trying to sign Raheem Sterling

Chelsea have formally approached Manchester City for trying to sign Raheem Sterling

Sterling has already had positive talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

Sterling has already had positive talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

City are allowing Gabriel Jesus to make the move to Arsenal for an initial £45million and Sterling’s valuation is expected to be north of that figure and could be around £55million.

A formal offer is expected in the coming days as City’s roster reshuffle continues after a fourth title in five years. Chelsea have yet to agree personal terms with the England international, who is in the final 12 months of his £300,000-a-week contract.

It is believed Sterling’s desire to end a stellar seven-year stay with City was discussed with club management at the beginning of the month. City have given the attacker time to assess his options, with a likely exit being settled amicably.

Gabriel Jesus expected to leave Manchester City to join Arsenal for around £45million

Gabriel Jesus expected to leave Manchester City to join Arsenal for around £45million

Premier League champions value Sterling at around £55million

Premier League champions value Sterling at around £55million

Sterling’s arrival would be an important statement for Boehly and provide Tuchel with more firepower in attacking areas ahead of the new season, with Romelu Lukaku once again on loan to Inter Milan.

In addition to his prowess, Tuchel is believed to value the experience and leadership skills Sterling can bring to his Chelsea side.

The departure of Antonio Rudiger left Chelsea in a blow in that area and captain Cesar Azpilicueta could also follow.

Some sources think an opening bid is imminent, optimistic about the deal and believe all three sides are open to closing a move.

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