After seven trophy-laden years at the Etihad, Raheem Sterling’s time at Manchester City is coming to an end. Sterling has reportedly agreed personal terms with Chelsea. Check out the latest transfer markets now
Sterling is set to become Chelsea’s first major signing since American billionaire Todd Boehly purchased the West London club. Chelsea are understood to be paying £45m to bring the midfielder to Stamford Bridge.
Sterling impressed by Thomas Tuchel’s plans
The 27-year-old has been a mainstay under Pep Guardiola since he joined City in 2015. But Sterling is reportedly impressed by Thomas Tuchel’s plans.
Sterling’s desire for a move stems from a lack of game time in City’s biggest matches in recent years. Tuchel has apparently assured the player such concerns won’t be an issue at Chelsea.
The West London club finished a distant third in the Premier League last season, 19 points short of champions Man City.
Chelsea’s problems finding the net were an issue, with Mason Mount the club’s highest scorer in the Prem with 11 goals. Romelu Lukaku scored eight league goals, with Timo Werner mustering just four.
England star can bolster Chelsea’s attack
Last month Chelsea loaned Lukaku to back to his former club Inter Milan. While Sterling is not a direct replacement for the Belgian, he scored 13 league goals last season and can undoubtedly bolster Chelsea’s attack.
The club hope to conclude the deal quickly, so that Sterling can join Chelsea on their imminent pre-season USA tour.
Sterling’s imminent arrival could be just the start of an intriguing new era for the club; Cristiano Ronaldo is another potential new recruit. The Portuguese star is adamant he wants to leave Man United; Boehly is reportedly giving serious consideration to a move for the iconic forward.
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