‘It will be a fantastic signing for Chelsea’ – Liverpool legend John Barnes makes admission

Raheem Sterling and Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has just one year left on his current contract with Man City, and is set to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer.

The 27-year-old is unsure of his place in Pep Guardiola’s squad next season,  following new summer arrivals.

Talks between Chelsea and Raheem Sterling’s camp is believed to be in its final stages.

Chelsea are reportedly close to sealing a deal with Manchester City worth £35m for the England international.

For Liverpool legend John Barnes, it would be a great move if Raheem Sterling joins Chelsea, adding that the England international is a fantastic player.

“It all depends on Raheem. If he feels, with the new signings, he’s not going to be a regular player, of course, he is a fantastic world-class player, so he deserves to be (playing on a regular basis),” Barnes said (via HITC).

“Maybe, if he feels at Chelsea, he would play more regularly, then it would be a great move for him, and it would be a great move for Chelsea as well if you think about the price they have to pay, the age of Raheem and the quality.

“It will be a fantastic signing for them, but Raheem will make that decision.”

Sterling’s team-mate Gabriel Jesus is also set to leave Manchester City.

Jesus was linked with a move to Chelsea, but is now close to joining Arsenal.