Raheem Sterling has agreed personal terms with Chelsea after officially informing Manchester City of his intentions to leave.
According to Sportsmail, Sterling finalised the terms of a contract with Chelsea during talks alongside his lawyer.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel held positive discussions with the 27-year-old prior to those negotiations.
The discussions centred on how he would be utilised at Stamford Bridge which helped solidifying Sterling’s desire to make the move.
Sterling is set to become the first marquee signing under Chelsea’s new ownership, spearheaded by chairman Todd Boehly, with the two clubs thrashing out a fee.
It is believed that City formally discussed Sterling’s desire to bring an end to a stellar seven-year stay at the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of the June during a conversation led by the England international.
The Premier League champions afforded the forward time to determine his next steps and the relationship is ending amicably. Sterling has appreciated the space to assess his options and is thankful for the transparency that both parties have committed to.
Chelsea are expected to hit the valuation, thought to be around £55million, for a player entering the final 12 months of a £300,000-a-week contract.
The former Liverpool star lifted four Premier League titles under Pep Guardiola. Last season he broke into the club’s top 10 list of all-time goalscorers, underling his influence during City’s spell of domestic dominance.
He has openly credited the City coaching staff for his tactical development and views his time under Guardiola as hugely successful.