Raheem Sterling to Chelsea? Blues interested in deal for England star and have been offered Gabriel Jesus

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Chelsea are interested in a move for Raheem Sterling this summer and have also been offered the chance to sign his Manchester City team-mate Gabriel Jesus.

Both players are entering the final year of their contracts at the Etihad Stadium, with Jesus expected to leave the club and Sterling set to hold talks over his future after the last of England’s Nations League games next week.

There is a growing feeling that Sterling could depart ahead of the new season, having become frustrated at no longer being first-choice under Pep Guardiola.

The 27-year-old scored 17 goals in all competitions for the English champions last term but made only 23 Premier League starts and was left out of the first XI for a number of crucial matches, including both legs of the Champions League semi-final tie against Real Madrid.

Chelsea are interested in bringing the winger back to west London, where he started his career in QPR’s academy, though Sterling himself has previously stressed a desire to play abroad, with Real Madrid and Barcelona also reportedly monitoring his situation at City.

Meanwhile, Jesus’ representatives are exploring all options available to him this summer, with the Brazilian sounding out a number of clubs before making any decision over his future.

The Blues are the latest to have been offered the opportunity to sign the forward, whose agents have already held talks with Arsenal and Tottenham. The Gunners’ interest is believed to be the most concrete at this stage as Mikel Arteta seeks a reunion with a player he worked with closely while on Guardiola’s coaching staff.

Real Madrid are, so far, the only club from overseas tracking Jesus and it is increasingly likely that the 25-year-old will stay in England should he leave City this summer.

City are hoping to recoup around £50million by selling the forward and that fee would price out the majority of his potential suitors beyond the Premier League.

Initially, it was thought that valuation was ambitious on City’s part, but should Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all firm up their interest and be forced to compete in a bidding war, then the asking price could be met.

The Gunners need at least one new centre-forward following Alexandre Lacazette’s departure to Lyon, while Spurs have the perennial problem of needing to find a back-up to Harry Kane who is also comfortable out wide, given the England captain is certain to lead the line when fit.

Could Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both swap Manchester City for Chelsea this summer? (AFP via Getty Images)
Could Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus both swap Manchester City for Chelsea this summer? (AFP via Getty Images)

Chelsea are in the market for a wide forward, with Thomas Tuchel set to receive major backing from new owner Todd Boehly. The American is ready to sanction a spending spree worth as much as £200m, with the Blues in particular need of reinforcements at centre-back following the departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.

They could, however, also be searching for a striker should Romelu Lukaku get his wish in securing a return to Inter Milan on loan and Jesus’ ability to play across the forward line is again likely to appeal.

Guardiola has already begun the rebuild of his own attack with the showpiece addition of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, as well as that of River Plate’s Julian Alvarez.

A number of clubs from around Europe have asked to take Alvarez, who has 14 goals in 17 games this season for the Argentine side, on loan but City have so far rejected all approaches.

It is understood that Guardiola sees the 22-year-old, who can play either on the wing or as a centre-forward, as an ideal replacement for Jesus.

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