Chelsea want Manchester City star as replacement for Romelu Lukaku

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Premier League rivals Chelsea reportedly want Manchester City star Raheem Sterling as replacement for Romelu Lukaku, according to Daily Mail.

The Belgium international striker failed to impress at Chelsea last season after his big money move from Inter Milan.

Lukaku has held talks with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s new owners, who both agree that letting their £97.5million club-record signing leave would be the best solution after a poor first season back at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea boss Tuchel has now identified Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling as his ideal replacement for Romelu.

With Lukaku set to return to former club Inter Milan on loan this summer, Tuchel is set to make his move for Raheem Sterling.

Raheem Sterling has just one year left on his Manchester City contract and has so far refused to extend his contract with the England international keen on leaving Manchester City this summer.

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Raheem Sterling is no longer a guaranteed starter at Manchester City and the 27 year old believes it’s best he leaves the club this summer.

Chelsea are yet to make their move for Sterling as they want Lukaku’s move to Inter Milan to be first sorted out.

Chelsea will submit an offer for Raheem Sterling once they reach an agreement with Inter Milan for the transfer of Lukaku.

Chelsea boss Tuchel is said to be a fan of England international, Sterling, and will push for Chelsea owner Todd Boehly to add him to their ranks this summer.

Raheem Sterling won another Premier League title with City last season and played 47 times in all competitions, scoring 17 goals, but was not always the first-choice under Pep Guardiola.

With Sterling’s contract expiring in the summer of 2023, Manchester City must sell the 27 year old England international this summer or risk losing him for free next summer.

Manchester City will reportedly demand for a minimum of £50million for any club interested in signing Sterling this summer.

Raheem Sterling, who wants to have a key role in a team challenging for trophies, admitted in October he could leave due to a lack of playing time, and paused talks with the club about his future to see if the situation changed.

Despite starting 23 of City’s 38 league games last campaign, Raheem Sterling was on the bench for several key matches, including both legs of their Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid.

The signings of forwards Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, plus more minutes for Jack Grealish in his second season, could further restrict his own playing time.