Chelsea has addressed their need of finding more attacking options. The club announced the signing of Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling on Wednesday, tweeting out this photo:
A star in LA! 🇺🇸#SterlingIsChelsea pic.twitter.com/kgTYEI3ybn
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 13, 2022
Fabrizio Romano also reported the news a few days ago stating the deal was close to done:
Chelsea are closing on Raheem Sterling deal with Man City, waiting for final approval on £45m fee plus add ons – while negotiations are still ongoing with City for Nathan Aké. 🔵 #CFC
Aké, keen on the move. Personal terms 100% agreed as reported yesterday.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 9, 2022
Per the Times of India, the deal is worth up to $59.60 million.
As Romano notes, Chelsea is also trying to reunite with defender Nathan Ake, who they sold to Bournemouth in 2017 after several loan spells. The club is in desperate need of two more center-backs after Andreas Christensen joined Barcelona and Antonio Rudiger took his talents to Real Madrid.
Sterling should be a very solid addition to Thomas Tuchel’s attack. The England international has been a goal-scoring machine over the years at the Etihad, netting 13 times and tallying five assists in 30 Premier League appearances last term for Pep Guardiola’s side. In 2019-20, Sterling bagged 20 goals, his best campaign to date.
Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku experiment already proved to be a failure as they recently loaned him out to Inter Milan. While Sterling typically plays from a more wide position, his experience and ability to contribute in the final third should be an immediate hit at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues are still in the mix to sign a new No. 9 as well. Cristiano Ronaldo is on their radar after he expressed an interest in leaving Manchester United after just one season in search of Champions League football. The Red Devils finished in sixth place last season. Chelsea would certainly offer that opportunity, but they will face competition for his services, with
Napoli and Bayern Munich also keen on the striker.
Raheem Sterling is tremendous first signing in the Todd Boehly era and one who can certainly help Chelsea’s frontline be a lot more productive in 2022-23.