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Chelsea and Man City nearing agreement for Raheem Sterling ahead of his £45m move from the Etihad to Stamford Bridge… and there is growing confidence a deal will be struck in the coming days
- Raheem Sterling is on the verge of joining Chelsea from Manchester City
- Talks between the clubs over a potential deal have gathered pace this week
- The England international is set to sign a four-year contract at Stamford Bridge
Talks between Chelsea and Manchester City over Raheem Sterling’s proposed switch to Stamford Bridge have accelerated significantly in recent days.
There is a growing confidence of a deal being struck and an agreement is edging closer.
It is thought the fee for Sterling, who is set to sign a four-year contract at Chelsea, will be around £45million.
Talks between Manchester City and Chelsea over a deal for Raheem Sterling have accelerated
Chelsea and City have been in regular talks over the England international, who has scored 131 goals in 337 appearances across seven seasons at the Etihad Stadium.
The Blues have already made a formal approach to City for the signing of Sterling, with a view to wrapping up the deal by the end of the week.
Sterling has already held positive discussions with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel over how he would be utilised at Stamford Bridge, and that conversation solidified the 27-year-old’s desire to leave City.
Sterling won the Premier League title with City last season but wants to leave the club
He may not be the only City player arriving at Chelsea this summer as Tuchel is also keen on Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Owner Todd Boehly and Tuchel have discussed the possibility of signing the trio, though it could prove tough to persuade Pep Guardiola’s side to strengthen one of their challengers by allowing all three to join the Blues.
Tuchel was interested in signing Ake while he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund and the fact the 27-year-old can slot in to the left side of a back three to replace Antonio Rudiger, as well as fill in at left-back and in midfield, is particularly attractive.
Thomas Tuchel is keen to add the 27-year-old to his side ahead of the new season
Ake spent seven years with Blues, joining them at the age of 15.
It is believed that he would be open to a return, having failed to nail down a regular starting position at the Etihad.
Chelsea are also hoping to complete a deal with Leeds for Brazilian winger Raphinha, who is valued at around £60million.