Chelsea closes on a deal for Liverpool contract-rebel, Raheem Sterling [Mirror]. Raheem Sterling recently told Brendan Rodgers that he wants to leave the Merseyside club this summer, according the Mirror website. The winger verbally informed his gaffer before the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge that he wants out of Liverpool. Sterling, only 20 years old, has agreed to keep negotiating with club officials this week, as the club attempts to make a last pitch to persuade him to stay. Sterling wants a £100,000 per week contract, something that Liverpool will obviously not give him. Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich is fully capable of giving Sterling what he wants, and the English international will fit right in at Chelsea.
Willian hasn’t lived up to the expectations that he was given when he arrived in London, and he could see his spot on the right wing taken by Raheem Sterling next season. Mourinho was a big fan of his Brazilian, because he would track-back and help Branislav Ivanović on the right flank, but Raheem Sterling provides a much larger threat on the attack. Sterling has scored a total of 13 goals this season, and also assisted 9 in all competitions. Willian on the other hand, has only scored 6 goals, and assisted eight in all competitions this season. Juan Cuadrado has yet to impress this season, in the few matches he has appeared in. It would be surprising in Chelsea kept both Cuadrado and Willian for next season, if they sign Raheem Sterling in the summer. Oscar could also be replaced by Sterling, which is a more realistic possibility. Sterling plays just as well at the number 10 role that he does on the right wing.
It will be interesting to see where Sterling decides he wants to play next season, if he stays at Liverpool, leaves for another English club, or just leaves the Premier League totally. Raheem Sterling would be a great signing this summer, due to his free transfer fee, and his efficiency playing on the right wing. Also, he is an English international, who knows what it will take to play in England.