Raheem Sterling is not a statement signing for Chelsea
Simon Jordan doesn’t believe Raheem Sterling is a statement signing for Chelsea
speaking on talkSPORT (h/t football.london) Former Crystal Palace owner and now pundit Simon Jordan has said he doesn’t believe Raheem Sterling would be a statement signing for Chelsea. The 27-year-old England international has been heavily linked with a move away from Manchester City this summer.
Chelsea have emerged as City’s preferred winger option, with reports claiming a deal worth £45m plus an additional £10m has been agreed between the two rival clubs. However, for Jordan, Sterling is not a statement signing.
“On paper, because of his name, because of where he’s come from and who he’s going to and what stage Chelsea are at – in terms of the new post-Abramovich ownership model – it looks like a very big signing from statement. Personally, I don’t think that’s the case.
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The England international joined Manchester City in 2015 from Liverpool in a deal worth £44m, making him England’s most expensive player at the time. But now that seems like a distant memory as he is set to join Chelsea after seven years at the Etihad.
A good signing?
Sterling is said to be leaving due to the fall of the pecking order. He wants regular playing time and that’s something he can get at Chelsea. The Blues are in dire need of a roster fix and signing Sterling should be just the start.
With Romelu Lukaku released loaned to Inter Milan, and Timo Werner lacking a finishing touch in his game, Sterling could prove to be a phenomenal signing for the west London club. A proven goalscorer in the league, he scored 91 goals and had 56 assists for the Cityzens in 225 appearances.
The 27-year-old can play on both sides of the wing and also as a number nine. It’s something Thomas Tuchel loves about a player, as he likes to rotate his forwards and change tactics often. He has a knack for being there when passes are squared in the box, something Chelsea fans have seen happen over the years. His arrival could help the Blues solve their lack of goals problem from the start.
A four-time Premier League winner, Sterling would also join a side that struggles for silverware every season and has the potential to be in the title hunt next season. His joining the Blues could be a huge boost for them as they seek to win their seventh league title next season and the first since the 2016/17 campaign.
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His move to Chelsea and his improved playing time will also help him cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad as he is highly likely to travel to Qatar for the World Cup. Chelsea fans are hoping his move will be completed soon and he will join the squad for pre-season as soon as possible.