Former Chelsea star suggests signing Sterling could be a bad move

Former Chelsea star Gus Poyet has suggested that signing Raheem Sterling might be a mistake. 

Thomas Tuchel is said to be keen on bringing in the England international this summer, with Sky Sports News reporting that the club are confident of securing the signing.

They also say it would take a bid of around £60m for the wide-man, whose contract with City expires next summer, to depart the club.

But Poyet, who played for the Blues between 1997 and 2001, believes his former side could come to regret the signing.

“Raheem Sterling used to be a wide player, getting the ball in one-versus-one situations into the box – now he’s transformed his play style and is more of a goal scorer, but that was at Man City,” he told Lord Ping.

“I don’t know if he can do the same at Chelsea.

“If Sterling joins Chelsea, it’ll be down to Thomas Tuchel looking for a specific characteristic.

“Maybe he thinks that he’s missing that kind of wide player as Chelsea have been linked with Sterling and now Raphinha.

“It will be interesting to know who is leaving if they both sign because that will mean they will have six or seven players for just two positions.”

Sterling scored 13 times in the Premier League last season to help Manchester City to the title.

But the attacker is said to be open to a move away from the north-west this summer if there is an offer of more regular first-team football elsewhere.