Raheem Sterling on the brink of stunning £55m switch to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms having told Man City he wants to leave… with England star set to become Todd Boehly’s first buy
- Raheem Sterling has finalised terms of a contract with Chelsea with his lawyer
- Thomas Tuchel held positive discussions with Sterling prior to negotiations
- His talks with Tuchel helped solidify Sterling’s desire to make the move
- He is set to become the first marquee signing under new owner Todd Boehly
- Pep Guardiola couldn’t guarantee Sterling regular game-time in biggest games
Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea after officially informing Manchester City that it is the right time for him to leave.
Sportsmail understands that the England international finalised the terms of a contract with Chelsea during talks alongside his lawyer.
Blues boss Thomas Tuchel held positive discussions with the 27-year-old prior to those negotiations, centred on how he would be utilised at Stamford Bridge which helped solidifying Sterling’s desire to make the move.
Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea over a stunning move from Man City
Sterling held positive discussions with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over his proposed role at Stamford Bridge which helped solidify the England star’s decision to join Stamford Bridge
Sterling is set to become the first marquee signing under Chelsea’s new ownership, spearheaded by chairman Todd Boehly, with the two clubs thrashing out a fee.
It is believed that City formally discussed Sterling’s desire to bring an end to a stellar seven-year stay at the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of the June during a conversation led by the England international.
The Premier League champions afforded the forward time to determine his next steps and the relationship is ending amicably. Sterling has appreciated the space to assess his options and is thankful for the transparency that both parties have committed to.
Chelsea are expected to hit the valuation, thought to be around £55million, for a player entering the final 12 months of a £300,000-a-week contract.
Sterling will earn in the region or £315,000-per-week at Chelsea, where he will sign a long term contract.
Sterling is set to become the first marquee signing under new owner Todd Boehly this summer
Chelsea are expected to fork out around £55million for the England international
Sterling will be remembered fondly by City supporters after lifting four Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola. Last season he broke into the club’s top 10 list of all-time goalscorers, underling his influence during City’s spell of domestic dominance. He has openly credited the City coaching staff for his tactical development and views his time under Guardiola as hugely successful.
Driven by ambition he did, however, hope for more regular game time in the biggest fixtures – something Guardiola could not guarantee. Sterling played only 21 minutes of the two Champions League semi-final legs against Real Madrid, coming on as an extra-time substitute at the Bernabeu.
Sterling, who is now in the Premier League’s 100 goals club and won five domestic cup competitions at City, still harbours ambitions of lifting Europe’s biggest prize and achieving personal targets, understanding that this move will ultimately define his success as a player. Not content with making the shortlist for Ballon d’Or, Sterling has a strong desire to be in contention for the accolade.
Tuchel believes Sterling can offer more cutting edge to a Chelsea team who often failed to convert dominance last year and have allowed Romelu Lukaku to head back to Inter Milan on loan.
Sterling enjoyed seven trophy-laden seasons at the Emirates after joining from Liverpool
Sterling is hoping to obtain more regular game time in the biggest fixtures which could not be guaranteed to him by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in recent seasons at the Etihad
Only Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne scored more goals than Sterling last season and it remains to be seen whether Guardiola looks for a replacement in attacking areas.
City expect big things of academy graduate Cole Palmer, whose season was hampered by persistent injury problems but who had impressed during cameo appearances.
Palmer’s likely promotion to a more prominent spot among the pecking order would see him alongside Erling Haaland, Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Mahrez as senior options in the attacking area.