‘He’s not better than Mahrez and Grealish’ – McManaman rates Chelsea’s transfer target

Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has been continuously linked with a move to Chelsea.

The England international is keen on leaving the Etihad for Stamford Bridge, having also featured for Liverpool earlier in his career.

A lot has been said about Sterling’s move to Chelsea, and former Liverpool star Steve McManaman doesn’t think the deal will hurt last season’s champions Manchester City.

According to McManaman, Sterling isn’t better than Rihad Mahrez and Jack Grealish.

He told Horseracing.net: “I think it’ll be a good move for Raheem because he’s an excellent player and his goals over the last few years have proved that.

“I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s better than Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish but I don’t think that’s the right comparison because they’re all different players.

“There must be some truth in this story because this rumour has started to rumble on and on for the last week or so.

“If it was a no go and Chelsea weren’t interested, then this story would have been shut down a while ago, so there must be some truth in it especially if Romelu Lukaku goes.”

“There is the fact that you’re letting one of your players go to a title rival, but Pep Guardiola might be happy for him to do that because he knows he’s going to keep Bernardo Silva, Mahrez and Grealish,” he added.

“Pep let Leroy Sané leave a couple of years ago and we all thought he was a really good player. They still continued to go on and win the league.

“You just have to trust Pep and what he wants to do, and what the player wants. If the player wants to play more games and tells the manager they want to leave, then that’s football now, but Manchester City are blessed in those positions.

“Manchester City are the favourites for all the trophies next year. Chelsea are not.

“There are too many question marks around Chelsea at the moment regarding the takeover, which players are leaving, a number of their hierarchy leaving, which players are going to come in and how large a transfer budget they’ve got.”