Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling looks to be on the move to Chelsea, and the Englishman’s former club Liverpool could benefit.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sports Italy understands Chelsea will lodge a bid in the region of £35 million for the England winger and that they are confident the deal will go through.
Some reports suggest this will be enough to pry the Englishman away from City. However, others report City want a fee closer to £60 million.
So, could Liverpool benefit from such a deal?
Well, when the Reds sold Sterling to Manchester City in 2015, sell-on clauses were included in the £49 million deal.
However, The Liverpool Echo understands such clauses have expired as they only lasted the duration of Sterling’s initial 5-year-contract at City.
The 27-year-old has now been at Manchester City for 7 years and therefore in short, no, Liverpool will not reap any financial reward from the potential transfer.
That said, the Reds are set to benefit financially from a few of their own sales in the coming weeks.
Neco Williams could move to Nottingham Forest for £15 million, Takumi Minamino is looking to make a switch to Monaco for £17 million, while Sadio Mané’s proposed £31.5 million move to Bayern is all but complete.
As for Sterling, with a year left on his contract, he has a multitude of options. Chelsea are the favourites to sign him, but might not be willing to fork out the £60 million Man City desire.
Real Madrid are also said to hold an interest in the England international this summer.
Could Liverpool make an outrageous attempt to bring him back to Anfield? That’s almost certainly not going to happen. Nevertheless, according to The Express, Jürgen Klopp is looking to strengthen his forward line even further after the signing of Darwin Nuñez, and Sterling could be just the man for the job.
However, all the signs point towards a return to London for Raheem Sterling, where it all began for him.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, they won’t be benefitting from such a deal, and they’ll have to continue to attempt to defend against the threatening Raheem Sterling in the Premier League next season, but possibly for Chelsea instead of Man City.
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