CHELSEA are clear frontrunners to sign Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling.

That's according to bookmakers Sky Bet, who've priced up Sterling's next club as he has a year left on his deal at the Etihad Stadium.

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The London heavyweights were considered 12/1 outsiders to clinch his signature only a matter of days ago.

But they're now favourites at 4/9 after reports that Thomas Tuchel's side are 'growing in confidence', according to The Athletic.

Sterling, 27, has scored 131 goals and provided 95 assists in 339 appearances since joining from Liverpool for £57million in 2015.

He's won four Premier League titles and helped England to the brink of European Championship glory, scoring three times en-route to the final.

But his days alongside Pep Guardiola could be numbered.

Sterling is entering the final 12 months of his contract, which expires in June 2023.

And there's a growing feeling that he will strongly consider an offer from Chelsea having grown up in London.

Raheem Sterling next club

Sky Bet odds

  • Chelsea – 4/9
  • To stay at Manchester City – 13/8
  • Real Madrid – 20/1
  • Arsenal – 25/1
  • Barcelona – 25/1
  • Tottenham – 25/1
  • Bayern Munich – 33/1
  • Atletico Madrid – 40/1

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The Athletic claim Sterling has spoken to people to survey what life at Chelsea is really like, and only City's valuation could block the deal from happening.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claim City value Sterling at around £47million and have already turned down a bid of £21m plus add-ons.

He wrote: "Raheem Sterling, Chelsea top target as reported last Tuesday. Man City want around €55/€60m – approach for €25m & add-ons turned down. Chelsea will be back with new bid soon – as Man City are open to let him go."

And that's perhaps why spending next season at City is second in the betting at 13/8.

There's a massive gap to the next suitors in Real Madrid, who are available at 20/1. Arsenal, Barcelona and Tottenham are locked together at 25/1.

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