Chelsea willing to let Sterling go after astonishing ambush - sources

By Wayne Veysey

15th Jan, 2023 | 7:13am

Sources: Chelsea willing to listen to Raheem Sterling offers as £250m+ January signing spree lined up

Chelsea will listen to offers for Raheem Sterling after their astonishing Mykhaylo Mudryk ambush, sources have told Football Insider.

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward, 22, will undergo a Chelsea medical on Sunday and put pen to paper on a seven-and-a-half year contract after agreeing the terms of an £88million move on Saturday evening.

The west London club’s owners have continued their astonishing recruitment drive under the Todd Boehly-led ownership and that is expected to continue this month with multiple more signings lined up in what could be a £250m+ spree.

Chelsea’s third attacking signing of what has already been a remarkable January window follows the earlier captures of Joao Felix and David Fofana, and could yet be followed by more forward captures.

The stunning spree throws into doubt the futures of the forwards already at Stamford Bridge who have massively underperformed on the pitch this term.

They include Sterling, 28, signed for £47.5million from Man City last summer in the first part of the astonishing recruitment drive under the Todd Boehly-led ownership.

The England star signed a five-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, but that will not stop the leadership letting him go.

He has failed to make the impact expected at the London giants although he is far from alone in that regard.

Sterling has been a key player under Graham Potter and ex-boss Thomas Tuchel, with 14 Premier League starts as well as starts in all six of their Champions League group matches.

Operating in various roles, including on both flanks, at centre-forward and behind the main striker, he has scored six goals and laid on three assists.

He is the club’s equal leading league scorer along with Kai Havertz, with both netting an underwhelming four apiece.

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