Man City news: Pundit can't believe Raheem Sterling could join Chelsea after transfer update - 'bad business'
Noel Whelan has suggested Raheem Sterling could turn down the chance to join Chelsea from Man City this summer.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 27-year-old should be looking to join one of Europe’s elite with a view to challenging for the Champions League.
As reported by the Telegraph (9 June), Chelsea are keen on signing Sterling as he heads into the final year of his contract with City.
There is reportedly a feeling among top clubs that the winger will be open to leaving the Etihad this summer.
The report claims Chelsea have joined Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the hunt to sign Sterling.
However, Whelan insisted moving to Stamford Bridge would be a step down for the England star.
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Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “When you look at Raheem Sterling, the only thing he has not won in England is the Champions League.
“If you’re going to go now at the age that he’s at and you want to try something different, why bother trying a Chelsea? Try Real Madrid, try Barcelona, try Paris St Germain.
“That there is going to give you more of an opportunity and experience you’re looking for as a football player.
“Yes, (Man City will be) reluctant to let go because of the powers he possesses as a football player. You would be a little bit reluctant selling to Chelsea. They are going to be one of the teams up there next year challenging them.
“That would just make bad business to me. I think you’re better off keeping him till the end of his contract. If there’s a foreign club that wants him, it makes it easier to make that transaction happen.”