Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is on the cusp of sealing an exit from the Etihad Stadium and a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea. – Sport Media News

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Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling is on the cusp of sealing an exit from the Etihad Stadium and a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Sterling is understood to have agreed personal terms with the west London outfit, with the two clubs having agreed a fee in excess of £45million. The deal is now nearing completion, meaning Sterling will be City’s second big-name departure of the week.

Gabriel Jesus sealed a move to Arsenal on Tuesday, a little over an hour before the Blues announced the arrival of Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United. Phillips has followed the likes of Stefan Ortega and Erling Haaland in sealing a move to the Etihad Stadium.

Considering the transfer window is not even a month old, it has been a rapid start to proceedings for City, in terms of both arrivals and departures. Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Marc Cucurella is among those still being linked with the prospect of sealing a move to the Premier League champions.

City forward Chloe Kelly, who came off the bench in England’s Euro 2022 opener last night, says the Lionesses are looking to build on their hard-fought 1-0 win over Austrial.

Raheem Sterling is leaving Manchester City for the same reason as he joined seven years ago: personal ambition and the belief that he can be better elsewhere.

The difference is that while he was laughed out of Anfield six years ago and mischaracterised as a money-grabbing flash-in-the-pan that could be easily replaced by a hurt Liverpool, he leaves the Etihad with a clutch of winners’ medals and glorious memories after establishing himself not only as one of England’s finest, but as one of the best players in City’s history.

He will depart as a ‘mosaic legend’ as one fan brilliantly put it — not in the top tier of club greats such as Vincent Kompany or Colin Bell who have had statues commissioned outside the Etihad, but in the company of those on the rung below including Yaya Toure and Fernandinho who have a mosaic at the training ground in recognition of their contribution.

The numbers speak for themselves: a boy written off by many before he kicked a ball in blue managed 131 goals and 95 assists from 331 appearances for City. He departs for Chelsea five assists short of becoming the first player in club history to get both 100 goals and assists, but is already one of just three footballers — Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi the other two — to score 100 goals under the greatest manager in the game in Pep Guardiola and made more appearances under the Catalan than any other Blue.

Julian Alvarez couldn’t sign off his River Plate career on a high, as they were held to a frustrating Copa Libertadores last-16 second leg draw with Velez Sarsfield, exiting the tournament on aggregate.

Alvarez played the full 90 minutes, but failed to have an impact, as River saw a goal controversially disallowed by VAR. He will now travel to Manchester to begin life as a City player.

Raheem Sterling is on the brink of a move to Chelsea, but could he have made a sensational return to Liverpool?

According to the Mirror, Chelsea beat off competition from clubs including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and even Liverpool for Sterling’s signature.

Sterling moved from Liverpool to City in 2015 after making 95 appearances at Anfield.

Manchester City fans have been waiting patiently to find out which squad number Erling Haaland will have at the club — and the £51m signing appears to have let the cat out of the bag.

A video has surfaced online of Haaland holding up a City shirt — complete with his name and the number nine — while posing for a photograph with a supporter on holiday in Marbella. The No.9 is now vacant at City following Gabriel Jesus’ £45m move to Arsenal.

Haaland was officially unveiled as a City player last month after months of speculation and a drawn-out transfer battle fought with Real Madrid. The 21-year-old, of course, posed for plenty of photos while wearing the City kit, but his squad number was not revealed.

Youngster Romeo Lavia has admitted that he is “delighted” after joining Southampton on a permanent deal from Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling is closing in on a move to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the West London club.

Sterling, who has less than 12 months remaining on his deal at the Etihad, was convinced earlier this week by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel that he should make the move to Stamford Bridge after receiving better assurances than City and Pep Guardiola could offer.

Chelsea are set to agree a fee with the Premier League champions, which would now all but seal one of the most high-profile transfers of the summer.

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Tuesday was yet another busy day at Manchester City after Kalvin Phillips arrived at the Etihad on Monday.

Enzo Maresca has rejoined the club as one of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff with Rodolfo Borrell becoming the new No.2 at the club.

Borrell joined City in 2014 after leaving Liverpool and after a few years with the academy became one of Guardiola’s assistants when the Catalan arrived at the Etihad in 2016. After working with three different No.2s on the coaching staff, Borrell – who took charge of the team at Swindon in the FA Cup in January amid a Covid outbreak in the squad – will now become Guardiola’s right-hand man following the departure of Juanma Lillo.

The number of assistants will be restored by the arrival of Maresca. The Italian coach earned rave reviews from Guardiola and others for his work with the Under-23s two years ago – and in particular the development of Cole Palmer and Liam Delap – and after a short-lived management spell at Parma he is back in Manchester to help out the City first team.

Raheem Sterling is closing in on a move to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the West London club.

Sterling, who has less than 12 months remaining on his deal at the Etihad, was convinced earlier this week by Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel that he should make the move to Stamford Bridge after receiving better assurances than City and Pep Guardiola could offer.

Chelsea are set to agree a fee with the Premier League champions, which would now all but seal one of the most high-profile transfers of the summer.

Romeo Lavia has confirmed that his time at Manchester City has come to an end ahead of an imminent transfer to Southampton.

The 18-year-old Belgian youth international is expected to make the move to Saints to become the second player from Manchester City to sign for Southampton this summer, after goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu joined the club last month.

Writing on his Instagram account, he said: “My Manchester City journey has come to an end. I’d like to thank everyone associated with this great club for all you’ve done for me during these 2 years at the club. I’ve developed into an even better player, person and it was also an honour to make my debut for this massive club. I wish the club nothing but the best for the future.”

According to journalist Gerard Romero, Xavi has made it clear that Manchester United target Frenkie De Jong will only be sold on two conditions and the first is that Bernardo Silva is signed from City – with Barca only wanting as much as £74 million for De Jong.

Dutch side SC Heerenveen are reportedly interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Lewis Fiorini.

According to the Leeuwarder Courant, the Eredivisie side are keen on adding the 20-year-old on loan, with Fiorini impressing for Lincoln City last season and for NAC Breda in the 20/21 campaign.

Manchester City are not expected to pursue a deal for Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry this summer despite Raheem Sterling looking set to join Gabriel Jesus in London.

Jesus was officially announced as an Arsenal player on Monday in a £45m transfer, while, despite negotiations taking longer than initially thought, all parties are still expecting Chelsea to strike a deal for Sterling. Losing those two players – albeit for significant fees – cuts out a lot of experience in Pep Guardiola’s forward line, and also reduces the numbers in a squad that is not as big as their rivals’ to start with.

Gnabry has built his reputation at Bayern after coming through at Arsenal and has won four Bundesliga titles, but having failed to extend a contract that runs out next summer his club are open to selling him to get a fee for him in the current window. The 26-year-old was priced by German newspaper BILD at €40m – less than the fees City have got for Jesus and will bring in for Sterling.

Chelsea are said to be in ‘advanced’ talks with Manchester City over a potential Stamford Bridge return for Nathan Ake.

The defender has played only a bit-part for Pep Guardiola since his 2020 switch from Bournemouth. Ake left Chelsea for the Cherries in 2017 for £20m.

City paid £41m for the Netherlands international and are said to want to recoup that kind of fee for him if they’re to sell this summer. They are hopeful that such a fee can be agreed with new Blues owner Todd Boehly keen to demonstrate his investment in his first transfer window.

Despite the evidence of his trophy cabinet and the players he has improved, Pep Guardiola will rarely accept praise publicly for any of his achievements. As he says, he has never scored a goal or made a save at Manchester City.

Guardiola obviously does not want to take the credit for the work of his players however big his contribution is, but the manager also recognises his coaching staff. There is a hell of a lot of work that goes into preparing each match of the season that cannot be done alone.

It does not take long in the presence of Domenec Torrent, the man who was Guardiola’s No.2 at Barcelona, Bayern and for the first two years at City, to appreciate how much the manager leans on his backroom staff. Torrent was a calm voice of reason to bounce off Guardiola, with the pair putting together detailed tactical plans for every Premier League game against the backdrop of smooth jazz at the club’s training ground.

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