Chelsea want to sign Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling this summer and are willing to pay £60 million, according to the UK Sun.
The 27-year-old will be a free agent next year, and talks with the Premier League champions about a new contract have stalled.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, would prefer to keep Sterling, but the club does not want to lose one of their prized assets on a free transfer next summer.
Chelsea’s new owners are prepared to back Thomas Tuchel with a £200 million war chest and make significant squad additions in order to compete with City and Liverpool next season.
Sterling is eager to return to his London roots, but he will seek assurances from Tuchel about his likely role in his plans.
Tuchel already has a plethora of attacking options in his squad, but with doubts about the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, and Christian Pulisic, he is likely to be able to provide Sterling with the assurance of first-team football he craves.