While Manchester City continue to be linked with moves for Marc Cucurella and Kalvin Phillips, there are also no shortage of reports claiming players could leave the Etihad this summer.
And it’s Premier League rivals Chelsea who have been making all the headlines on Tuesday, with Thomas Tuchel’s side reportedly keen on three City stars.
Raheem Sterling, Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all said to be targets for Chelsea, and we’ve rounded up the latest on all three pursuits…
Sterling deal edging closer
After reports on Monday that Chelsea had made initial contact with City over a possible move for Sterling, the Times now claim the London club will ‘return with a formal bid’ on Tuesday.
They add negotiations are being handled by new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, and a deal of around £55m could be agreed for the England international’s services.
The Times also say the Blues would like to complete a deal before Saturday, when the squad will meet up for their first pre-season training session.
Ake ‘towards top of list’
As per the Telegraph, Boehly’s call with Chelsea also included an enquiry about the availability of Ake.
The Dutch defender, who came through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, is said to be ‘toward the top of their list’ of potential defensive recruits, with Chelsea requesting a valuation for the 27-year-old.
Ake is also reportedly open to the possibility of moving to Stamford as he has been unable to hold down a regular starting berth at City.
A third name linked
Chelsea are interested in signing Zinchenko, according to the Daily Mail.
They report Boehly and Tuchel have already discussed the trio, although it could prove ‘tough’ to convince Pep Guardiola to sell three players to a direct rival.
The Mail add Everton and West Ham United are also keen on Zinchenko but may not currently have the funds available to complete a deal, while the potential arrival of Cucurella could allow the Ukrainian international to depart.