For a full ten years, Manchester City did not sell a player to one of the TOP six teams from England and then released two players for the summer (soon they will also release a third). All the relevant European media are writing tonight that Chelsea and Manchester City have clarified all the details regarding the purchase of Raheem Sterling!
True, the figures differ from source to source. Fabrizio Romano writes that Chelsea will pay 65,000,000 euros for the 27-year-old winger - 53,000,000 fixed and another 12,000,000 through bonuses. An Athletic journalist, assures that it is only the sum of 56,000,000 euros that the London club will immediately pay to the account of the Manchester one, while the Daily Mail and the Telegraph state that it is a figure of 53,000,000 plus 3,000,000 euros.
Be that as it may, there is no doubt that Manchester City have done another great job this summer. Just like in the case of Gabriel Jesus, he managed to sell a player who wants to leave and is not an essential member of Pep Guardiola's first eleven, and has one year left on his contract, for a huge sum of money and thus "covers" the purchases of Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips.
As far as personal conditions are concerned, there were no problems there at any time and Sterling clarified them with Chelsea a few days ago. Namely, the English national team player has a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge with an optional sixth, as well as the status of the highest-paid player in the club, which is currently enjoyed by Ngolo Kante.
The tireless Frenchman receives £290,000 a week, while Sterling managed to stay on the 300,000 he had at the Etihad, which is around £500,000 more per year than Kante.
Sterling, the alleged priority reinforcement of Thomas Tuchel in the wing position, will also, as things currently stand, be the first reinforcement in the era of new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly.
But not the last. Moreover, the Blues could only bring one more player from City, as the two sides are negotiating the return of Nathan Ake to Stamford Bridge. With the fact that in the case of the Dutch defender, things will be more difficult, because they made it clear at the Etihad that they expect compensation similar to the one they set aside two years ago for Ake's arrival from Bournemouth – 45,000,000 euros.
It remains to be seen whether and how City will respond to the departure of Sterling and the potential loss of Ake in the market. The assumption of the English media is that in the next season, Guardiola will place even greater trust in Džeko Grilish, but also that he will give a chance to the talented Cole Palmer and the newly arrived Julijan Alvarez, who can also cover the wing positions.