Chelsea have completed the signing of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.
The 27-year-old England forward, who was raised in Wembley and began his career at QPR, returns to west London in a deal worth around £48m. He has signed a five-year contract with the option of a further year.
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has long been keen to take Sterling to Stamford Bridge – and he is Chelsea’s first major signing since the recent Todd Boehly-led takeover.
“I’ve obviously achieved a lot in my career so far, but there is still so much more to achieve and I’m really looking forward to doing that in a Chelsea shirt, under Thomas’ management,” said Sterling.
“London is my home and where it all started for me, and it’s amazing I now have the opportunity to play in front of friends and family week in, week out at Stamford Bridge. I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there soon.”
Sterling has linked up with the rest of the Chelsea squad on their pre-season trip to the United States. </p
Chelsea are also set to complete the signing of Kalidou Koulibaly, while a deal to bring Nathan Ake back to Stamford Bridge from Manchester City appears to be close.
The defenders have been targeted following the recent departures of Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger.
Napoli’s Senegal international Koulibaly (pictured above), 31, has been linked with Chelsea during successive transfer windows.
He is set to sign a four-year contract today after completing a medical.
Koulibaly is then expected to join the Blues squad’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Netherlands international Ake, 27, is a product of Chelsea’s academy and left the club to join Bournemouth in 2017 before a £40m move to City in 2020.