Report claims Liverpool were ‘keen’ on ‘remarkable return’ for Sterling before Chelsea agreement

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Liverpool target Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring a goal Credit: PA Images
Liverpool target Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring a goal Credit: PA Images

Liverpool were interested in bringing Raheem Sterling back to Anfield this summer before he agreed to join Chelsea, according to reports.

The England international swapped the Reds for Manchester City in 2015 as the Citizens agreed to pay £49m for his services.

Sterling has been a success, helping City win four Premier League titles, an FA Cup and four League Cups, scoring 131 goals in 339 apperances in all competitions.

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The 27-year-old had a good season last term too with 13 Premier League goals and five assists in 23 starts but he’s now decided to leave Man City for a new challenge.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed today that “personal terms [are] fully agreed” as Sterling closes in on a move to Chelsea.

He adds that Chelsea ‘will be in direct contact with Manchester City today in order to complete’ the deal for Sterling with the fee expected to be ‘around £45m guaranteed plus add-ons’.

And now the Daily Mirror claims that the Blues fought off competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool, who were also interested in signing the England international.

The Mirror insist that Chelsea ‘beat off interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Paris Saint Germain AND Liverpool’ with Thomas Tuchel’s ‘personal touch and detailed conversations’ convincing Sterling.

Liverpool were ‘keen’ to conclude a ‘remarkable return to Anfield’ despite the newspaper expressing doubts about ‘how concrete their interest was’ in Sterling.

Meanwhile, former Premier League defender Alan Hutton reckons the sales of Sterling and Gabriel Jesus to Premier League rivals could come back to bite Manchester City next season.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Man City are going to have to try and cash in. Everything that I read is Pep wouldn’t stand in the way of Sterling – I think he’s been a great servant to the club. You look at what he’s done over the years, his numbers are incredible.

“The problem there is that it looks like [Gabriel] Jesus is away, Sterling is possibly away. I know they’ve brought in Haaland, they have decent numbers in wide areas when you think of Mahrez, Foden, and Grealish so they’re very strong.

“I think moving forward Pep probably thinks that he can deal without those two, with maybe only bringing one in cause he has got a lot of options there.

“The only downside is you’re selling two quality players to a rival. I do believe Man City are quite far ahead when it comes to Chelsea but you’re still strengthening a rival.”

 

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