Chelsea: £300k-a-week star 'keen' on Stamford Bridge move

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea are in pole position to secure the signing of Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling this summer, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are yet to sign a first-team player this transfer window, but have been linked with a move for the 27-year-old forward throughout the summer.

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What’s the latest on Sterling?

It has previously been reported by Romano that both Chelsea and City expect to conclude a deal for the transfer of Sterling, with the player happy with the move to Stamford Bridge.

And the move seems to have now progressed further, with multiple outlets believing the deal to be extremely close to completion.

Tuchel’s side are in the market for a forward, after a disappointing season for Romelu Lukaku has resulted in last summer’s £97.5m signing re-joining Inter Milan on a season-long loan ahead of the new campaign.

And Romano believes that there should be little stumbling blocks ahead of the England forward’s potential switch to west London this summer.

What has Romano said about Sterling?

He told GIVEMESPORT: “The player is keen on the move, so I think for Sterling there are very good chances to join Chelsea this summer.

“Let’s wait for this final contact between City and Chelsea.”

Would Sterling be a good signing for Chelsea?

The move of Sterling, who has been described as “world-class” by Blues legend Frank Lampard, seems to make sense, with the aforementioned Lukaku already departed, whilst Timo Werner has struggled for goals during his time at Stamford Bridge.

And with the arrival of Erling Haaland at the Etihad Stadium, it may now be a good time for Pep Guardiola’s side to cash in on the £63m-rated wideman.

Since signing from Liverpool in 2015, the £300k per-week star, has made 339 appearances for City, scoring 131 goals and providing 95 assists according to Transfermarkt, suggesting that the 77-time international is a constant threat in front of goal.

However, the City star is much more than just a goal threat, ranking in the top 1% of forwards across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for pass completion rate per 90 minutes (83.5%) last season, according to FBref.

Sterling is also an exceptional dribbler of the ball, ranking in the top 3% of forwards for dribbles completed per 90 minutes (2.19) and top 2% for progressive carries (7.70) according to the same stats provider, suggesting that he could add a different dynamic to simply just finding the back of the net to Chelsea’s attacking game.

And a SofaScore rating of 7.05 for his performances in the Premier League last season suggest that the 5 foot 7 wide forward is capable of performing at a consistently excellent standard for his club, something which has been missed in the Chelsea front-line for a number of seasons at this point.

The move down to London seems to make sense for all parties, with Sterling getting a shot at regular football at a high-calibre and ambitious club, whilst Guardiola will be disappointed to lose his wide man, but will also be aware that he needs to make room in his squad following the signing of Haaland.

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