Report: Sterling to become Chelsea's highest-paid player ahead of £50m transfer

Chelsea hope Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling will be able to join the rest of Blues players in the United States for pre-season in the next few days after undergoing a medical on Sunday, according to the Evening Standard.

The 27-year-old is expected to undergo a medical on Sunday night after an agreement over a £50million transfer, which includes £2.5m in performance-related add-ons, to join Chelsea.

The Evening Standard claims that Sterling has agreed a five-year contract with an option of a one-year extension with Chelsea and will become the club’s highest-paid player at over £300,000 a week.

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Thomas Tuchel and the 29-man Chelsea squad for the pre-season tour are currently in Los Angeles for a one-week summer training camp ahead of the three pre-season games against Club America, Charlotte FC, and Arsenal.

The club reportedly hopes Sterling can join his new teammates by early next week.

The report adds that the transfer is driven by Sterling’s desire to play regular football after failing to secure a guaranteed starting spot under Pep Guardiola last season.

The England international still made 23 starts (30 appearances) in the Premier League last term, however, in which he registered an impressive 13 goals and five assists.

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Sterling also reportedly views Tuchel as one of the best coaches in world football and was impressed by the Chelsea manager’s honest approach during talks.

Tuchel reportedly promises the versatile winger a key role in his Blues side and the prospect of becoming an important player excites the player.

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