On Sunday, reports broke suggesting the west London club were closing in on a deal for the England international and could even land him for a bargain price of £35million.
Sterling only has one year left on his contract at the Etihad while his place in the City team faces fresh competition in the form of new arrivals Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
The potential transfer appears to be at an advanced stage, with The Athletic reporting that Sterling has already been talking to people about what life is like at Chelsea.
He has been particularly keen to get a gauge on what Tuchel is like as a manager, and will likely have consulted his potential Chelsea team-mates during England’s recent internationals – with Reece James and Mason Mount both part of the squad.
Sterling appears to be happy with the feedback he received, with the only remaining stumbling block to a deal being the size of the fee involved.
City are likely to hold out for more than £35m, but they are also conscious of the fact that Chelsea are one of very few clubs who can afford Sterling’s enormous wages.
That same issue does not exist with Gabriel Jesus, who is valued at £50m, with his more modest salary creating a queue of clubs lining up to compete for his signature, with Arsenal currently leading the chase.
Tuchel is likely to be attracted to Sterling’s versatility, with the 27-year-old capable of playing on either flank or through the middle as a false nine – a tactic the Chelsea boss has regularly used during his reign.
After finding game time hard to come by in the first half of last season, Sterling ended up netting 13 goals and laid on five assists in 30 Premier League appearances – averaging a goal involvement every 118 minutes.
Sterling’s looming arrival is likely to hasten the departure of Romelu Lukaku, with Chelsea in talks with Inter over a loan move which would see the Blues receive a loan fee of around £10m.
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