By Kevin Campbell

23rd Jun, 2022 | 12:12pm

Man City could be forced to sell Raheem Sterling to Chelsea after BBC update - pundit

Man City may have no choice but to lose Raheem Sterling to a club like Chelsea, according to Kevin Campbell.

The former Arsenal and Everton striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed only Pep Guardiola’s side’s rivals can afford to pay the wages of a player like Sterling, 27.

According to the BBC‘s Simon Stone (22 June), Chelsea and teams in Spain are keen to sign the England international this summer.

Sterling has little over 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Etihad.

According to Di Marzio (19 June), Chelsea are confident of signing the winger for a cut-price fee of £35million because of his contract situation.

When asked by Football Insider if Man City would live to regret selling Sterling to a rival, Campbell said: “The quality in their squad is so high.

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“If they look to sell a player only the best teams, who are their rivals, can afford to buy them. They are the teams that will look to buy them. No other teams can afford these players wages.

“Once you embark on that route, there are positive and negatives. That is one of the negatives when you look at it.

“Let’s say Sterling went to Chelsea and got 20-25 goals… It wouldn’t look great. That could happen.

“It is a chance that Man City have to take after bringing in [Erling] Haaland. It is one of those things.”

In other news, a pundit has claimed Man City’s plan for Julian Alvarez could be ‘stroke of genius’.