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Chelsea will need to pay Manchester City around £60 million if they want to sign Raheem Sterling this summer, according to reports.
The England international is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, having joined from Liverpool in 2015.
Now that the transfer window is open, the Blues could make a move for the 27-year-old ahead of the start of the new season.
Questions have been raised over the futures of Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, with all of them struggling for form during the previous campaign.
This comes after earlier reports revealed that Chelsea are confident of signing him in the transfer window, with a £35 million fee being the suggested price tag.
Sterling has played 339 games for City since his move seven years ago, scoring 131 goals and assisting another 95 in all competitions.
He is a player of interest for Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer, but he will only be able to put pen to paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge once Romelu Lukaku leaves.
The Belgian is keen on a return to Inter Milan this summer despite joining Chelsea last year, and he is confident that a move will be completed within the next couple of weeks.
Sterling would also be open to the idea of signing for the Blues, with other reports saying 'the prospect of returning to his London roots is also an appealing prospect' for the winger.
He played 47 games across all competitions for City last season, with his goal contributions helping to guide the club to their fourth Premier League title in five seasons, finishing ahead of Liverpool by just one point.
The forward netted 17 goals and assisted nine others during the campaign, a record that would be beneficial for Chelsea should he replicate his form in a move to Stamford Bridge.
Ousmane Dembele has also been named as a target for Tuchel’s side this summer, with the Frenchman set to leave Barcelona at the end of his contract in the coming weeks.
He has previously worked with the German manager during their season together at Borussia Dortmund, with his impressive form earning him a move to the Nou Camp in 2017.
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