In a few days, England forward Raheem Sterling would have completed a deal to the West London club Chelsea to allay tensions mounted on his possible switch to Spain or Germany.
Yesterday, Sterling was reported to have conceded to a move to join the third-placed team on last season’s Premier League table to complement Thomas Tuchel’s side attack after Romelu Lukaku rejoined Inter on a season-long loan.
The Manchester City forward though still has a year left to run in his contract at the Etihad Stadium, wants a move to explore more challenges in his career from a different club. The Trumpet Gathered
Sterling believes his time at City has come to an end having seen his playing time last season hampered by the signing of Jack Grealish and this season may be worse with the inclusion of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
The England international has been capped 77 times for the Three Lions and has won four Premier League titles since making a £49m switch from Liverpool to Manchester City in 2015.
Sterling eyes the opportunity to win the Balon d’Or and his continued stay at the Etihad with the inflow of new attacking options will not guarantee him such at 27 years.
However, with the opportunity presented by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel revealing the club’s vision to the Manchester City all-time second-highest goalscorer behind Argentina Sergio Aguero, Sterling is convinced Chelsea is the next club to actualise his dreams.
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If Sterling eventually joins Chelsea, he will become the first major signing by the new owner of Chelsea since Roman Abramovich sold the club in May to a Todd Boehly-led consortium.
Meanwhile, a recent report by the Telegraph reveals that the Manchester City forward has agreed on personal terms with Chelsea which enables him to become one of the highest earners in Chelsea.
According to the report, the player who earns about £300,000 a week in Manchester will slightly earn higher in Stamford bridge to put him at par with Romelu Lukaku whose bill will be partly shared by Inter Milan.
Although the report did not state the number of years that will be included in Sterling’s contract, it added that his fee will be around £40-45m, the same fee that Arsenal paid to bring Gabriel Jesus to the Emirates Stadium.