Man City have been warned that selling Raheem Sterling to Chelsea could come back to haunt them.
That’s the view of former City goalkeeper Shay Given, who gave his verdict to talkSPORT on the England winger’s links with the Blues.
Chelsea are reportedly preparing a £50million bid for Sterling and manager Pep Guardiola is ready to let him go.
He has just one year left on his contract and would also give City the chance to balance the books to bring in other names.
Sterling has been one of Guardiola’s favourites, having been just one of three players to score 100 goals for him – the other two being Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero.
The winger has also played more games for the Spaniard than any other player but he hasn’t started as consistently as he would have liked over the past season.
Given believes the move would suit both clubs, but warned that selling to another Premier League side has its dangers.
He told talkSPORT Breakfast: “He’s a top player but for some reason in the last 12 or 18 months he and Pep haven’t had a fight but he just hasn’t started all of them. the games.
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“Sterling is a player that strikes me and wouldn’t be happy to come off the bench and be a bit of a player for the last six or seven months.
“Will he come back and bite Pep, maybe? That’s the thing from a City perspective, do you think he’ll come back and score a goal towards the end of the league-winning season for Chelsea.
“He’s a top player, but with 12 months left, £50m, that’s still a lot of money. With financial fair play, City need to balance the books and are still trying to bring in new players. players.
“It could well suit both clubs.”
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