Raheem Sterling is a new Chelsea player. Documents are signed, medicals are conducted in London, and the player is flying to Los Angeles to be introduced as the new Chelsea FC signing.
Following an agreement to personal terms and a £47.5m deal struck between Manchester City and Chelsea, Contract untill June 2027, with a one-year extension option. The end of Sterling’s hugely successful seven-year spell at the Etihad has come to an end.
The England international becomes the first men’s team signing of the Todd Boehly era and will join up with Thomas Tuchel and the first-team squad for the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States, during which games against Club America, Charlotte FC and Arsenal will be played.
Sterling joined City from Liverpool for an initial £49m in July 2015 and has been a crucial part in their success under Pep Guardiola
Over the course of seven seasons, the England star helped City win four Premier League titles, including titles in 2017/18, 2018/19, and 2019/20. He rose to become one of the best wingers in the world, a player who would keep defenders guessing as to just how he was going to damage them right up until the last second.
Sterling’s signing will give Thomas Tuchel hope that his underwhelming front line can improve. In the offensive third last year, players like Romelu Lukaku, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic, and Hakim Ziyech all fell short.
With Sterling in the fold soon, Tuchel and the club should expect a guaranteed threat. Sterling would provide Tuchel with a surefire danger, tactical versatility, and experience. He has directly contributed to a combined 165 goals in the league in 320 games for Liverpool and City.
The 27-year-old believes he is at a crossroads in his career and wants to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the field.