Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has reportedly agreed personal terms ahead of a blockbuster move to a Premier League rival.
The England star has been linked with an exit from the Etihad ever since Jack Grealish made a record-breaking £100 million (R2 billion) switch to the Citizens from Aston Villa in August 2021.
Throughout last season, reports suggested that Sterling was unhappy with the amount of first-team action he was getting, and wanted to leave for a club that could offer him more game time.
According to the Daily Mail, he has now got his wish as he has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, and is said to be on the brink of becoming new co-owner Todd Boehly's first signing for the Blues.
The report adds that the 27-year-old has agreed to a contract worth £315 000 (R6.3 million) a week at Stamford Bridge.
The two clubs are still reportedly negotiating a transfer fee – expected to be between £45 and £55 million (between R904 million and R1.1 billion) – but Chelsea's desire to wrap up the deal before their pre-season tour kicks off on the weekend could speed up negotiations.
It is claimed manager Thomas Tuchel has already held talks with the winger about his role at Stamford Bridge, which is understood to have increased the Three Lions forward's desire to make the switch.
The German head coach is said to believe Sterling can offer the Blues team more cutting edge in attack after they struggled to convert many clear-cut chances in the 2021/22 season.
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