The Lowdown: Sterling’s Chelsea move
According to a report by The Athletic, Thomas Tuchel’s side have reached an agreement with City to sign the 27-year-old winger in a deal worth £47.5m. The England international has agreed to a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, with the option of a further 12 months also included.
Following the arrivals of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Julian Alvarez from River Plate, Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were allowed to leave the club, with limited playing time now on the table.
The Latest: Romano’s news
Romano has now shared the latest news regarding Sterling’s proposed move to Chelsea.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist claimed: “Medicals already scheduled for Raheem Sterling in London in order to complete his move to Chelsea on a permanent deal. #CFC
“Sterling signs with Chelsea until June 2027 with an option for further season. Contacts started and the end of May, deal now completed.”
The Verdict: Big loss
When analysing the forward’s underlying statistics, it is easy to see why City fans would consider the 27-year-old’s departure a huge blow for the club.
When compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, Sterling ranks in the 99th percentile for non-penalty expected goals, the 98th percentile for touches in the attacking penalty area and the 97th percentile for non-penalty expected goals plus expected assists (via FBRef).
Is Sterling a big loss for Man City?
With the England star having featured 337 times for the Sky Blues, his exit from the Etihad Stadium will likely come as a major disappointment to City’s squad, as they are losing one of the most experienced players in the Premier League currently.
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