The England forward has a year left to run on his contract at City, with whom he won a fourth Premier League title last season.
There has been talk of Sterling leaving the Etihad Stadium for a while now; could that come to pass in the current transfer window?
According to Sky Sports (opens in new tab), Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel wants the 27-year-old to lead the line for the Blues next season – with £97.5-million man Romelu Lukaku potentially re-joining Inter Milan on loan after his disastrous return to Stamford Bridge.
The report adds that it would take a fee in the region of £60 million to secure Sterling’s services.
And Sterling could well be tempted by a move to West London – where he started out as a youngster with QPR.
He has not been a guaranteed starter under Pep Guardiola – and competition for places in the City attack isn’t going to be any less stiff next season, following the arrival of a certain Erling Haaland.
That said, Sterling – who Guardiola has previously described as a “key player” (opens in new tab) – continued to prove his importance in 2022-23, scoring 13 league goals at an average of 0.55 per 90 (by comparison, Lukaku netted eight times at a rate of 0.45/90).