Raheem Sterling is on the verge of completing a move to Chelsea and will finalise his medical on Monday.
Chelsea and Manchester City have agreed a reported £47.5million fee for the transfer of Raheem Sterling.
The signing puts an end to the links with Brazilian winger Raphina, as Raheem Sterling was Thomas Tuchel’s main target.
Sterling has been one of Pep Guardiola’s key men during Man City’s unprecedented success under him.
Sterling has four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and three League Cups to his name. He scored 131 goals in 339 appearances for City and in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City, he has directly contributed to a combined 165 goals.
As well as end product, Sterling offers versatility to Chelsea. He is capable of playing on either flank or through the middle as a false 9.
He will find more regular game time under Tuchel than the recently-departed Romelu Lukaku did.
It also makes sense on a personal level. Sterling is 27 and a Londoner. He’s at the point of his career where he needs to be one of the main players in a team.
His five year deal will see him play out the remainder of his prime at Stamford Bridge, and keep him sharp for England in the process.
Sterling found himself in a peculiar position at City. He was behind Phil Foden, whom he starts ahead of for England, in the pecking order. For whatever reason, Guardiola seemed to go lukewarm on him.
It was something about City that they can let Sterling join Chelsea and Jesus join Arsenal and not even worry about it. Whether those additions allow the chasing pack to move closer to City is still doubtful.