Chelsea round-up: Manchester City ace could join; Costa considers return; striker rejects club
Chelsea may be one of only two potential destinations for England ace Raheem Sterling as Manchester City consider selling the winger, according to The Telegraph. Despite a bright start to the season, Pep Guardiola is reportedly not convinced by the 22-year-old’s inconsistent form.
The report indicates that City would not sell to city rivals Manchester United, Tottenham would not be able to afford his wages and he would not be welcome to return to Liverpool after forcing an exit, leaving only Chelsea and Arsenal as potential options. With a greater need for homegrown talent than ever, Sterling could be an attractive option for the Blues.
Someone who may join up with the Blues sooner than Sterling could be Diego Costa. The Guardian says that sources close to the player have suggested that the Spaniard is considering a return from Brazil in order to put an end to the stand-off between the two and ease a January move to Atletico Madrid.
With the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, he is aware that he will not be included if his future is not resolved. Costa was left out of Spain boss Julian Lopetegui’s most recent squad with Costa not having trained since he left London for a summer break in May after FA Cup final defeat.
Another striker has become the latest name to reject the club, so say the Hamburger Morgenpost. 17-year-old centre forward Fiete Arp caught the eye at the youth European Championships for Germany this summer, with Chelsea making an offer as he entered the final year of his contract. The Express translate quotes in which he says:
“It just doesn’t make any sense to join Chelsea as a 17-year-old. You have achieved near to nothing, basically have no experience in professional football. The risk is too high. It would have been nonsense to move abroad and neglect everything else.”
The striker instead opted to extend his deal with Hamburg for another year, taking his contract until 2019 with his development and chances of first team football clearly the priority.