Premier League defending champions Chelsea have reportedly joined Arsenal in the race for Manchester City and England winger Raheem Sterling.

It was during the last week of the transfer window that Arsenal asked Manchester City for Raheem Sterling as a part of the deal that would see Alexis Sanchez going from the Emirates to the Etihad. City turned down the offer then, but might reconsider in the January window.

That’s according to the Telegraph, who claim top clubs in the Premier League believe Sterling will become available soon. The thinking is based on City’s lavish spending on attacking players and how the potential signing of Alexis could force the 22-year-old out of the starting eleven.

Of the top clubs who could be interested, Arsenal and Chelsea have been cited as the only realistic options. It’s possible that the Gunners will ask about Sterling again in January, especially if they sell Alexis that month.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were looking at English attacking options during the summer. After failing to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley, they may turn to the City winger. Sterling has started the season well, scoring two goals for the Sky Blues and being voted their Player of the Month for August.

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