Raheem Sterling has reached a personal agreement with Chelsea after notifying Manchester City he wants to leave the Etihad.
Sportsmail has learned that the England forward has signed a deal worth £315,000 per week.
Chelsea will travel to the USA on Saturday for a preseason tour, and they need the transaction to be completed by that time for Sterling to travel with them. The teams are still negotiating a cost, which is anticipated to be in the neighborhood of £55 million.
The 27-year-old has spoken with Blues manager Thomas Tuchel about how he will be utilized at Stamford Bridge, which has strengthened Sterling’s resolve to transfer.
Sterling, who has one year left on his City contract, will be the first high-profile acquisition under Chelsea’s new management, led by chairman Todd Boehly.
Although the relationship is ending amicably, Sterling’s decision to leave City was motivated by a demand for more playing time in the biggest games, something City manager Pep Guardiola could not guarantee.
At the start of June, Sterling is thought to have initiated a session in which City formally explored Sterling’s wish to terminate a successful seven-year stint at the Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League champions gave the striker some leeway in deciding what to do next. Sterling welcomed the opportunity to consider his choices and is appreciative of the openness that both parties have promised.