Manchester City identify BLOCKBUSTER replacement for Chelsea-bound Raheem Sterling

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Manchester City have reportedly identified the blockbuster attacker they want to replace Raheem Sterling.

Sterling, who is out of contract with the Premier League champions, has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea over the past seven days.

Though there is not understood to be any agreement close, the departure of Romelu Lukaku is likely to spark Chelsea’s summer window into life.

If Sterling were to depart, while he is not a sure starter at the Etihad, Pep Guardiola would undoubtedly want his influence replaced in the transfer market.

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Rafael Leao (pictured) is reportedly wanted by Manchester City this summer

Fichajes claim to know the identity of the man Guardiola wants to replace Sterling – and it’s AC Milan winger Rafael Leao, who had a superb season with the Rossoneri.

Leao, who is 23 years old, scored 14 goals and provided 12 assists for Milan last term, a Sterling-esque direct goal contribution return which has understandably caught the eye.

Just how much cash it’d take to convince Milan to sell remains to be seen, but considering City spent £100m on Jack Grealish, they’re unlikely to baulk at any sum.

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