Raheem Sterling has reached a personal agreement with Chelsea and confirmation of his transfer from Manchester City is now imminent.
The England international was topping a list of attacking targets for Thomas Tuchel and had entered the final year of his contract with City, who are grateful for his service and will not obstruct his desire for more minutes and status elsewhere.
Pep Guardiola has repeatedly said: “I don’t like keeping players who aren’t happy” and was open to allowing Sterling to leave this summer, even to a Premier League rival, on the condition that a decision is made. Acceptable offer in the region of £50 million.
Tuchel was desperate to add a decisive lead in the final third to cure Chelsea’s goalscoring problems and new Blues owner Todd Boehly had contacted City to discuss figures and the structure of a deal.
Sterling would offer Tuchel a guaranteed threat – he has directly contributed a combined 165 division goals in 320 appearances for Liverpool and City, as well as tactical flexibility and experience.
The 27-year-old believes he is in the defining phase of his career and wants to make a significant contribution on and off the pitch.
The fact that City can loan two attackers to members of the ‘Big Six’ – Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal for £45m and Sterling to Stamford Bridge – without fear is a sign of their strong recruitment and the gap between them. the clubs.
Intra-league transfers at the top end of the table will 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 move that potentially works well for all parties. Sterling needs a change of scenery; he’s fallen out of favor at Manchester City, he’s got a year left on his contract and there doesn’t seem to be much of a market for him out there. from Chelsea.
“I think a lot of the big clubs in the Premier League are experiencing this at a time when it’s easier for them to sell to each other, potentially, than anyone else, given the finances involved. And Chelsea need a way to update. his attack options, especially after the transfer of Romelu Lukaku to Inter.
“I think the new owners also want to make a statement and while Raheem Sterling might not be the most exotic or exciting name for some Chelsea fans, he’s proven in the Premier League, he’s 27, he’s a key England international. a quality addition.
“I think Sterling is a bit of a polarizing target among Chelsea fans and I think part of that is because he’s very familiar. We know his flaws as a player very well, as well as his strengths, as we have watched him forever. in the Premier League and I think that feeds into the way a lot of Chelsea fans see him but there’s no denying that he’s been a very effective player in the top teams in this league for a long, long time so I think it would be a very reliable actor.
“We’re also seeing a greater willingness from Chelsea to look at proven Premier League targets. They’ve been burned out in recent years by signing players from other leagues who maybe needed time to adapt or, in some cases, didn’t adapt. Really”. at all and has not been fully utilized in the team.
“Someone like Sterling, who has already produced at a high level in the Premier League for many years, can see why that would be attractive to Chelsea and, to Boehly, he’s a big name. And at 27, he’s someone to watch. I could still wait.” be productive for several more years.
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