Arsenal keen on signing Chelsea winger this summer as £47.5m star makes stance over future clear
Raheem Sterling is attracting interest from Premier League leaders Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The 28-year-old only joined Chelsea from Manchester City last summer in a deal worth £47.5 million on a five-year contract, becoming the marquee signing of the window to begin the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital era.
Sterling has made 25 appearances for Chelsea this season and scored six goals, assisting three times.
He has only recently returned from a hamstring injury sustained in January and started during Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.
It’s set to be another busy transfer window this summer for Chelsea, who have spent in excess of £600 million in the previous two markets.
An overhaul of the squad is expected and many players’ futures are uncertain at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal, who are leading the race to win the Premier League this season, are aiming to strengthen their squad this summer and are now eyeing the England international, according to 90min.
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It’s claimed boss Mikel Arteta is looking to bolster his squad by acquiring players with European experience and Sterling has emerged as a potential target.
Arteta, who worked with Sterling at Man City, is a ‘huge fan’ of Sterling and would be interested in making a move to try to sign him if he became available.
However, Sterling isn’t believed to be looking to leave Chelsea after just one season at the club, nor are the Blues considering letting him depart.
Chelsea have acquired a whole host of attackers, including Joao Felix (loan), Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke to compliment their options of both recognised wide men of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech in attack.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is also due to return to Chelsea this summer once his Bayer Leverkusen loan deal expires, while Christopher Nkunku is set to join from RB Leipzig.
After Chelsea allowed Jorginho to join Arsenal on deadline day last month, it’s unlikely they will be willing to strengthen a league and London rival with a high quality player like Sterling who is entering the prime years of his career.
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