With just one year left on his four-year contract with Manchester City, Raheem Sterling seeks to move out from the club. Meanwhile, Chelsea and Real Madrid’s interest in the winger has left a trail of thought about whether the English international will join the Blues or Los Blancos? Or would he rather stay at the City until his contract runs out?
Sterling had a record-shattering transfer from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015 for an initial of £44 million and a further £5 million in add-ons. This move crowned him as the most expensive English player of all time at a very young age of 20. The England international now has a total of 225 appearances with 91 goals for the Sky Blues, till yet. His glorious journey with City includes being four-times English Premier League Champion, five Carabao Cups, an FA Cup, and two Community Shields. Although, a major trophy missing from his cabinet is the UEFA Champions League. The City had the chance to win the 2020-21 UCL but lost in the finals to Chelsea by 1-0.
However, Sterling’s prospects at City are not very clear as Guardiola has already brought in a lot of power to the forward line-up by signing Norwegian striker Erling Haaland and the Argentine forward Julian Alvarez. Both the forwards are well known for their goal-scoring skills and would put Sterling’s inclusion in starting line-ups in doubt. Even so, he still has the option available to stay at City if he wishes to.
Chelsea’s approach to Sterling
Chelsea is ultimately looking forward to signing replacements for Romelu Lukaku and changing their attacking play, as, after just one year of his £97.5 million transfer, Lukaku is set to leave the Blues and go back to Inter Milan. Thomas Tuchel has his eyes all set on Sterling, and given his contract status at the Etihad Stadium, Chelsea hopes that they may be able to sign him for £45 million. Sterling’s arrival at Stamford Bridge can also be accompanied by Ousmane Dembélé and Christopher Nkunku, giving the Blues more options to rectify the scarcity of goals.
Besides staying and playing in the Premier League, the England international also have opportunities to play in other big European leagues because clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have also shown considerable interest in the City winger. Hence, Sterling’s final decision will either land him in the La Liga or fly him back to Premier League.
Real Madrid’s necessity
It’s a no-brainer that Real Madrid needs a quality option on the right-wing. Marco Asensio has been invisible, and Rodrygo isn’t a good pick for the position. Madrid needs someone to support Benzema and Vinicius, and they believe getting Raheem Sterling and his uncanny ability to deliver crosses can become a vital weapon in their arsenal.
What do you think? Where should Sterling go?
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