Chelsea are on the verge of signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, and still wish to sign Nathan Ake, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano who also gave an update on Manchester United‘s pursuit of Lisandro Martinez.
Sterling expressed his desire for a new challenge following seven successful years at City and it seems the England international will be making the switch to Stamford Bridge.
Posting on Twitter on Saturday, Romano said: “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 Ake.
“Ake, keen on the move. Personal terms 100 per cent agreed as reported yesterday.”
Then, on his YouTube channel, Romano confirmed that Chelsea have now agreed a fee with Manchester City for Sterling.
He said: “Raheem Sterling to Chelsea, here we go! Final approval arrived from Man City, £45m fee plus £10m add-ons. Personal terms were agreed upon days ago, it was never an issue. It’s done.
“Contract until 2027 plus option for a further year. Tuchel already had direct conversations with him.”
The transfer guru also referenced Chelsea’s pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt but it seems like German champions Bayern Munich is a more likely destination having already discussed personal terms for the Juventus defender.
Romano also provided an update about Lisandro Martinez who is of interest to both Arsenal and Manchester United.
“Manchester United have made a new proposal for Lisandro [Martinez],” Romano said. “But, at the moment, they still have no agreement with Ajax.
Erik ten Hag is pushing and pushing because he wants Martinez, he considers him the perfect player for his project. Ajax are trying to keep the player but United will keep pushing.”