Chelsea legend Joe Cole has suggested Chelsea should look for Raheem Sterling over Dembele. The former midfielder in his latest football.london Q&A segment said: “From what I understand, that £200million would also factor in money from players sales. But to be honest, there’s always an element of manoeuvrability in terms of the ‘war chest’.
“There are a few centre-backs the club have shortlisted as the look to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen – which includes Jose Gimenez, Pau Torres and Presnel Kimpembe – while Borna Sosa is a potential option at left wing-back if Marcos Alonso and Emerson move on.
“I think the key to potential arrivals in the final third – barring Dembele because of his contract situation – will depend on who from the current attack moves on: the futures of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku are all up in the air at the moment.”
“(Sterling) He is massively important and he has developed into a leader and we saw that at the Euros.
“He had a difficult season leading up to it but at the tournament he just came alive. In big moments, big players take the game by the scruff of the neck and make things happen.
“He has become a goalscorer, he is not a natural finisher. But he gets himself in the right positions and always gets the job done. When he was coming through at Liverpool as this emerging talent when I was there. The one thing that struck me was his mentality, he worked so hard and people don’t see that.”