Chelsea have reportedly agreed to a £45m fee to sign Raheem Sterling from Manchester City this summer.
According English journalist Bobby Vincent, Chelsea are close to completing a move for Manchester City striker Raheem Sterling and have agreed a fee of £45m plus an additional £10m. The Blues have long been interested in the England international, and their pursuit now appears to be coming to an end.
Sterling has been one of England’s best strikers since joining Manchester City in the 2015 summer transfer window in a controversy from Liverpool. In seven seasons at the club, the 27-year-old has gone from strength to strength and has been a crucial part of the club’s dominance in the Premier League.
In 337 games for Manchester City in all competitions, Sterling scored 109 times and assisted 77 goals. He has recently fallen down the pecking order at the club and started just 23 league appearances last season. The Englishman still managed to score 13 goals in the English top flight and three more in the UEFA Champions League.
With a year remaining on his contract and growing competition at Manchester City with the arrival of Erling Haaland, a summer exit seems like the most logical decision for all parties involved. Chelsea have explored the possibility of signing the 27-year-old and are now closer than ever to securing his signature. City are also ready to sell the England international to their Premier League rivals.
Some reports claimed that Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel personally contacted Sterling during a summer move to ward off interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona. Talks have gone well between the west Londoners and Manchester City, and now a base fee of £45m has been agreed.
Sterling may not be the only striker to join Chelsea this summer. Romelu Lukaku has returned to Inter Milan on a season-long loan, and with Timo Werner’s future still uncertain, the Blues need a number nine to join them.
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Sterling won four Premier League titles, five EFL Cups and an FA Cup during his spell at Manchester City, which now appears to be coming to an end, with Chelsea set to sign him on a £45m deal.