Chelsea have agreed a fee with Manchester City for the signing of Raheem Sterling, with whom personal terms are already in place, according to the latest update.
Sterling has emerged as a top target for Chelsea this summer amid their need for new attackers. In the final year of his contract with Manchester City, the England international has in turn been considering his options.
He has spoken with Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel about the prospect of a transfer across the Premier League. There has been further progress, with it recently being revealed that Sterling has agreed personal terms with the Blues.
At the time, the two clubs were yet to agree the crucial transfer fee. But now, they have ticked off that important step of the transfer process.
According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, Man City have agreed to sell Sterling to their Premier League rivals for a fee worth £47.5m. There will be no add-ons.
Chelsea are currently working out when they can book Sterling in for a medical in London as a result. As stated, they have agreed personal terms with him for a five-year contract, with the option of a sixth season.
Chelsea are hoping to have Sterling available in time for their pre-season tour of the USA. Their first friendly will take place in Nevada against Club America on 16th July.
Sterling could yet be part of the travelling group. He has been won over by Tuchel’s vision for the club and is ready to commit what could be his peak years to Chelsea.
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Should the medical go to plan, Sterling will leave City with 131 goals from 339 games behind him. Chelsea will become the third club he has represented in his senior career after Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s side.
City will be making a minor profit on the 27-year-old, who cost them an initial £44m back in 2015. Given his contract status, it could be good business financially.
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Whether the England international will come back to haunt his former employers remains to be seen.
It is likely he will get regular gametime at Stamford Bridge, where Romelu Lukaku has already departed and the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner will also face uncertain futures.
Hence, Sterling could get a platform to shine from in west London, as opposed to the rotation policy of Guardiola – in which he has still done well – at City.