Manchester City have signed Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling – pending a medical – for a fee of £49 million. The deal, if it goes through, will break the record for the largest sum ever paid for an English player.
It appears to bring a bitter and fractious transfer saga to a close, with Sterling alleging in May that Liverpool were trying to ‘bully’ him into signing a new deal, while his agent Aidy Ward launched a staggering attack on Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, calling him ‘a knob’.
Last week, Sterling called in sick to training, a move viewed with open scepticism and criticism from former Liverpool players like Steven Gerrard and Mark Lawrenson, who feel the young talent has been poorly advised and was ‘throwing his toys out of the pram’ because he didn’t get what he wanted.
With Sterling seeming to be increasingly unhappy and unsettled at Liverpool, the club look to finally have elected to cash in on their young starlet, though selling him to a direct rival in the Premier League may prove to be costly.