Raheem Sterling is a higher priority target than Ousmane Dembele, who may now sign at Barca
Chelsea are more keen on Raheem Sterling than Ousmane Dembele, according to reports from Ben Jacobs of CBS Sports.
He claims the club are more focused on the Man City winger – who has one year of contract left – than on Dembele, who is without a club, albeit with a deal on the table to stay at Barcelona.
He has to make up his mind soon, and it sounds like that means Chelsea’s chase narrows down to Sterling. Dembele can’t hold out forever without signing somewhere.
Told #CFC are likely to prioritise Raheem Sterling over Dembele. If they do want the latter still they’ll have to agree something pretty fast. Dembele continues (as you’d expect from a player with no other formal option to date) to say he’s staying without actually signing yet.
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) June 22, 2022
Chelsea won’t make an offer to him until they know if they’re getting Sterling. That’s how this dance goes, with Dembele now under pressure from Barca to sign.
Does he try to wait out Chelsea’s interest in Sterling, or just bite the bullet and stay put in Catalonia? Does he wait around and see who else becomes interested? We may know in a matter of weeks.