Raheem Sterling set to make Chelsea move 'within 24 hours' after massive wage agreement

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling is set to join Chelsea in the coming days, with personal terms having been agreed amid hope that a fee with Manchester City can be agreed within the next 24 hours, according to reports.

The Englishman has verbally consented to a deal that will see him earn slightly more than his current £300,000-per-week package at Manchester City, in turn making him the highest-paid player on Chelsea's books following the departure of Romelu Lukaku.

All that remains to be agreed is a fee, and as per The Telegraph, the clubs are hoping to strike a deal close to the £45m that Arsenal paid for Gabriel Jesus.

The 27-year-old is thought to be keen to become a key player with the Blues, following his season in and out of Pep Guardiola's Man City side. While he registered 47 appearances across all competitions, he was left on the bench for both Champions League semi-final ties with Real Madrid.

As per The Telegraph, Sterling is 'keen to maximise his playing time with the World Cup finals due to take place in Qatar this winter and the arrival of Norway striker Erling Haaland and Argentina forward Julian Alvarez at City this summer raised fresh doubts over where he would fit in Guardiola’s plans', though he is thought to remain central to Gareth Southgate's plans.

For Chelsea, it represents a major coup, and he will certainly add more firepower to Thomas Tuchel's side.

The spending is not expected to stop there, either, with a pair of centre-backs, another forward and a midfielder all potentially also on the radar of the Blues.

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