Chelsea are reportedly plotting a transfer swoop for Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling.
Thomas Tuchel will look to lure Sterling away from the Etihad this summer as the 27-year-old is yet to sign a new deal with the Premier League champions.
However, Chelsea will only move for Sterling if they can offload Romelu Lukaku back to Inter Milan, according to the Mirror.
Lukaku has held talks with manager Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea’s new owners and the Blues agree that letting their £97.5million club-record signing leave temporarily would be the best solution after a poor first season back at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea want a loan fee of about £20million and the majority, if not all, of Lukaku’s wages worth £300,000 per week paid.
However, Inter Milan’s starting point is said to be a loan fee in the region of £7m.
As a result, Lukaku is prepared to accept a significant wage cut to help make the switch happen.
Should Lukaku return to Italy, Chelsea will move for Manchester City forward, Sterling.
Thomas Tuchel is said to be a fan of the 27-year-old and will push to sign him this summer.
The England international won another Premier League title with City last season and played 47 times in all competitions, scoring 17 goals, but has not always been first-choice at the Etihad.
His contract is set to expire in 2023, meaning Pep Guardiola’s side could sell him this summer to avoid losing him for nothing.
However, the Premier League giants may demand as much as £50-60million for him.
The 27-year-old, who wants to have a key role in a team challenging for trophies, admitted in October he could leave due to a lack of playing time, and paused talks with the club about his future to see if the situation changed.
Despite starting 23 of City’s 38 league games last campaign, he was on the bench for several key matches, including both legs of their Champions League semi-final defeat against Real Madrid.
The signings of forwards Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, plus more game time for Jack Grealish in his second season, could further restrict his playing time.
As a result, he could look elsewhere for regular football ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign.