Jurgen Klopp attempted to hijack Chelsea's deal for Raheem Sterling and bring him back to Liverpool before Sterling chose the Blues, according to reports.
Sterling looks set to swap the Etihad for Stamford Bridge, bringing down the curtain on six years in Manchester. The Englishman had previously played for Liverpool, before Manuel Pellegrini tempted him to switch to the blue half of Manchester.
The 27-year-old wasn't short of options, with Real Madrid, PSG, and Bayern Munich all tracking his situation under Pep Guardiola. However, according to The Mirror, Sterling's old side Liverpool were keeping tabs on the situation in what would have been a shock return.
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Sterling has now agreed personal terms with Thomas Tuchel's side before he completes his £45million move.
The Englishman has reportedly left on good terms with City and Guardiola after going in search of first-team football. Sterling has found himself increasingly pushed out of Guardiola's side this season.
And with the World Cup coming up this winter, Sterling wanted assurances he would have sufficient game time to make Gareth Southgate's side.
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Sterling looks set to be the first signing of the Todd Boehly era in West London.
Boehly purchased the Blues after Roman Abramovich stepped away from the club, then announced his intention to sell, after Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February.
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