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Chelsea focus on Raheem Sterling and Raphinha deals after discussing Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar moves | Transfer Center News

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Chelsea is concentrating on deals for Raheem Sterling and Raphinha, but has also discussed moves for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Manchester City about a deal for Sterling. The club will only sign players that Thomas Tuchel wants and is determined to add the England winger to its attacking options this summer.

a source has said Sky sports news an agreement between the two clubs on a fee is “close” although another official has suggested this is an overly optimistic view of the current negotiations.

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Any deal between Chelsea and City would depend on Sterling agreeing personal terms, and it is believed he would expect to exceed the salary he currently commands at City, befitting his status as one of the biggest attacking talents in the Premier League, at the very best of times. of his career.

As previously reported, Sterling’s relationship with Pep Guardiola and City remains very positive, with the Premier League champions happy to let the 27-year-old go, even to a rival, provided there is an acceptable offer. in the region of £50 million.

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Athletic’s Liam Twomey discusses Chelsea’s potential £50m offer for Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, and whether he would be a good fit for the club.

Sterling currently only has one year left on his existing contract at the Etihad, with no plans for it to be extended. He is interested in discussing a possible return to London, where much of his family still lives: he grew up in Neasden, just a few miles from Wembley.

Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed a combined 165 division goals in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City, as well as tactical flexibility and experience.

Sterling has a great opportunity conversion rate of 48 percent
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Sterling scored 13 Premier League goals last season

The 27-year-old believes he is in the defining phase of his career and wants to make a significant contribution on and off the pitch.

The fact that City can afford to lose two attackers to members of the ‘Big Six’ (Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for £45m and Sterling to Stamford Bridge) without fear is a sign of their strong recruitment and the gap that exists between the clubs.

Transfers between clubs at the top of the table will become more common as European teams struggle to compete financially with their English counterparts.

Ronaldo absent from Manchester United training

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent when most of the Manchester United players returned for pre-season training under new manager Erik ten Hag on Monday morning.

The Portuguese striker has informed the club that he wants to leave this summer to play in the Champions League.

It is understood that his absence from training on Monday was due to family reasons, and United accepted this explanation.

United’s position on Ronaldo remains that he has one year left on his contract and is not for sale, despite his desire to leave Old Trafford.

Chelsea target De Ligt interested in Bayern after talks

Chelsea are interested in Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt
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Chelsea are interested in Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt

Bayern Munich wants to sign Juventus central defender Matthijs de Ligt and the negotiations are already in full swing, according to sky in germany.

sky in italy It was reported in June that De Ligt was one of Chelsea’s transfer targets this summer, but the player is understood to be interested in a move to the Allianz Arena after hearing from sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and head coach Julian Nagelsmann about the project. bayern.

However, the fee to move De Ligt away from Juventus could be a problem for Bayern, especially if it exceeds £51.7m (€60m).

The 22-year-old Dutch international has a £103.4m (€120m) release clause in his contract with Juve, but it is understood the Italian club would be ready to talk for around £69m. sterling (80 million euros).

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