Last season, Sterling scored 17 goals and recorded nine assists, compared to Lukaku’s 15 goals and two assists. Havertz netted 14 times and scored six goals, while Mason Mount contributed three more goals than Sterling.
Sterling has only one year left on his contract and Europe’s biggest clubs believe the 27-year-old is set to leave City, which sources claim is still worth £50m and £50m for the England international. Will demand between 60m.
Chelsea have yet to hold any talks with City over Sterling or discuss how much they might be willing to pay for the player and it could well be Tuchel this summer Recommend signing two attacking players.
Ousmane Dembélé could be available on a free transfer and, while Tuchel praises him, he does not pose a threat to Sterling’s goal. But the 25-year-old France winger could boost Chelsea’s numbers after making 13 Liga assists in just 21 appearances for Barcelona last season.
Dembele’s injury record is a cause for concern and Chelsea have also been made aware of the availability of Sterling’s City teammate Gabriel Jesus, although Arsenal are currently at the front line for Brazil. RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku will likely be the most expensive of Chelsea’s attacking options.
Any firm move for Sterling could also prompt discussions between Chelsea and City over Nathan Acke, with the Blues aware the Premier League champions could be tempted to sell the Dutch defender this summer.
Tuchel has a long-term interest in AK, having previously taken an interest in the player in charge at Borussia Dortmund and will provide the 27-year-old Chelsea with a natural left-footed replacement for Antonio Rudiger in the team’s back three. The fact that AK can fill in the left-back and play in the midfield would be fascinating as well.
Chelsea sold AK to Bournemouth in 2017 for £21m and did not take their buy-back option on the player two years ago when he moved to City for £41m.
Tuchel’s defensive targets include Sevilla’s Jules Kaunde, Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt, Leipzig’s Josco Guardiol and Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe, while Italian reports have claimed he is looking to sign Inter’s right-wing back Denzel Dumfries. want.
Neither of those players has Premier League experience, which is another reason Tuchel could consider adding AK high to his list of potential signs to replace Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. Chelsea are still waiting to confirm the future of Barcelona target Cesar Azpilicueta.