Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea and confirmation of his transfer from Manchester City is now imminent.
The England international topped a shortlist of Thomas Tuchel’s attacking targets and had entered the final year of his contract with City, who are grateful for his service and will not hinder his desire for more minutes and status elsewhere.
Pep Guardiola has repeatedly said ‘I don’t like to keep players unhappy’ and was ready to allow Sterling to leave this summer, even to a Premier League rival, provided an acceptable offer of around 50 million pounds sterling be deposited.
Tuchel was desperate to add a decisive advantage in the final third to solve Chelsea’s goalscoring problems and Blues new owner Todd Boehly had been in contact with City to discuss numbers and the structure of a deal.
Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed to 165 combined divisional goals in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City – as well as tactical flexibility and experience.
The 27-year-old believes he is in the decisive phase of his career and wants to make a significant contribution on and off the pitch.
The fact that City can offload two forwards to members of the ‘Big Six’ – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for £45million and Sterling to Stamford Bridge – without concern is a sign of their strong recruitment and the gap between the two. clubs.
Intra-league transfers at the top of the table are set to become more common as European teams struggle to compete financially with their English counterparts.
‘Sterling is a polarizing target for Chelsea fans but would help freshen up the attack’
Athletic’s Liam Twomey on Sky Sports News:
“I think it’s a transfer that potentially works out well for all parties. Sterling needs a change of scenery; he’s fallen out of favor at Manchester City, he has a year left on his contract and he won’t doesn’t seem to be much of a market for him outside of Chelsea.
“I think a lot of big Premier League clubs are going through that right now where it’s easier for them to sell themselves, potentially, than anyone else, given the finances at stake. And Chelsea need of a way to refresh his attacking options, especially after letting Romelu Lukaku return to Inter on loan.
“I think the new owners also want to make a statement and while Raheem Sterling may not be the most exotic or exciting name for some Chelsea fans, he has proven himself in the Premier League, 27 , a key England international, would clearly be a quality addition.
“I think Sterling is a bit of a polarizing target among Chelsea fans and I think that’s partly because he’s so familiar. We know his flaws as a player so well, as well as his strengths, because we’ve been watching him forever in the Premier League and I think that feeds into the way a lot of Chelsea fans view him, but there’s no denying that he’s been a very effective player in the top teams in this league for very, very long, so I think he would be a very reliable performer.
“We are also seeing an increased willingness from Chelsea to look at proven Premier League targets. fit or in some cases not really fit at all and was not maximized in the team.
“Someone like Sterling who has already produced at a high level in the Premier League for many years, you can see why that would be attractive to Chelsea and, to Boehly, he’s a big name. is someone you can always expect to be productive for many more years.”
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