Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea is nearing completion.
On Wednesday afternoon, The Telegraph broke the news that the England international has agreed terms with the west London club.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are also hopeful Sterling will join in time to fly to the United States of America on Saturday for their pre-season tour.
It’s a transfer that makes a lot of sense on paper. Sterling was not a guaranteed starter at City last season and in a World Cup year, he needs as many minutes as possible.
As well as the lure of increased playing time, the former Liverpool winger was no doubt persuaded to agree terms with Chelsea by the salary they have offered him.
The Telegraph claim that Sterling’s deal will see him earn slightly more than the enormous £300,000-a-week he’s currently on at City.
That will make him Chelsea’s highest-paid player in 2022/23 after Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan.
The Belgian striker was reportedly pocketing £325,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.
Here’s how the rest of the Chelsea squad’s wages look from lowest to highest going into the 2022/23 season, per Spotrac…
Chelsea sign Sterling! (Football Terrace)
Chelsea squad’s wages for 2022/23
Ethan Ampadu | £7,500-a-week
Nathan Baxter | £30,000-a-week
Edouard Mendy | £52,000-a-week
Reece James | £58,000-a-week
Ruben Loftus-Cheek | £60,000-a-week
Mason Mount | £88,462-a-week
Ross Barkley | £96,514-a-week
Hakim Ziyech | £100,000-a-week
Marcos Alonso | £100,000-a-week
Thiago Silva | £105,000-a-week
Jorginho | £110,000-a-week
Malang Sarr | £120,000-a-week
Callum Hudson-Odoi | £120,000-a-week
Christian Pulisic | £150,000-a-week
Mateo Kovacic | £150,000-a-week
Kai Havertz | £150,000-a-week
Kepa Arrizabalaga | £155,000-a-week
Ben Chilwell | £190,000-a-week
Timo Werner | £272,000-a-week
N’Golo Kante | £290,000-a-week
Sterling will sit atop of that pile when his transfer is officially confirmed.
He will be on a salary worth more than three times that of Mount and over five times higher than the one collected each week by James.
Oh and Mendy should definitely be knocking on Tuchel’s door and asking for a substantial pay rise.
The Senegalese is one of the club’s most important players, but is currently on a salary which is less than half that of Sarr and Hudson-Odoi.
In fact, Mendy is earning just short of three times less than Kepa, who is below him in the goalkeeping pecking order.
Something needs to change there…