Chelsea are ready to sign England international Raheem Sterling this summer and are willing to pay £60 million for his services.
By this time next year, the 27-year-old will be a free agent, and talks over a new contract with Manchester City have come to a halt.
Pep Guardiola would want to keep a player who has been instrumental in City’s recent Premier League domination, but the club is unwilling to let one of its key assets leave on a free transfer next summer.
Sterling has already voiced his desire to play in Europe, and while Real Madrid and Barcelona have both expressed interest in him in the past, none can match City’s asking price.
Chelsea’s new owners, on the other hand, are willing to invest £200 million in Thomas Tuchel and make significant additions to a squad that struggled to keep up with Manchester City and Liverpool last season.
Sterling would be a statement signing, and the player is interested on returning to his London origins, according to The Sun, but will need guarantees from Thomas Tuchel about the role he will likely play in his plans.
Last season, the former Liverpool winger started 32 Premier League games for City, but his influence faded as the season progressed.
Sterling was benched for both legs of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, and he was kept out of the starting lineup for the campaign’s final encounter.