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Chelsea transfer news: Blues eye two replacements for ‘best player in the world’

Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea

Chelsea are reportedly interested in Michael Olise and Nico Williams as they search for a potential long-term replacement for Raheem Sterling.

Sterling, 29, has been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League and Barcelona in recent weeks amid his inconsistent form for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Although he is the most experienced member of Chelsea’s squad, Sterling has been rather underwhelming in recent weeks, scoring just once in his last 12 Premier League appearances.

He has been named as one of Chelsea’s potential exits this summer, along with a host of others, and the Blues have identified Olise and Williams as two possible replacements, according to CaughtOffside’s Rudy Galetti.

Manchester United are extremely interested in signing Olise – as exclusively reported by FootballTransfers – while Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are both keen on landing Athletic Club wonderkid Williams.

However, despite Chelsea’s pursuit of both players, signing a new striker reportedly remains their priority, even though Nicolas Jackson has now scored 12 goals in all competitions during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

What has Xavi said about Raheem Sterling?

Spanish media have tipped Barcelona to enter the race for Sterling, who is a player greatly admired by Blaugrana boss Xavi.

Back in 2019, the Barca legend was asked who will take over from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s best player.

Raheem Sterling, Chelsea
© IMAGO – Raheem Sterling, Chelsea

In response, Xavi admitted: “You look at young players who can be crowned the future best in the world and you still think of Neymar, [Kylian] Mbappe, [Mohamed] Salah, and of course Sterling. I look at the moment – and Sterling is winning that race.

“He’s always been a good player, a dangerous player, but under Pep he has become one of the best in the world.

“I know how Pep works – he would have worked closely with him since his arrival – where he needs to improve and what he needed to work on.

“We’re now seeing the results of that – he’s still young and can be the world’s best.”

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