Official: Manchester City sign Sterling for Â£49m
After two previous bids were rejected, the winger
finally leaves Liverpool for the Etihad Stadium to
become the most expensive English footballer of all
Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Raheem
Sterling from Liverpool for a deal worth up to Â£49 million .
The news brings to an end a long-running and highly public
transfer saga, with the England international even
threatening to go on strike before twice calling in sick to
training in a bid to force a move away from the club, having
told Brendan Rodgers of his desire to leave .
Sterling was included in the club's pre-season tour squad,
despite informing his manager that he did not wish to travel,
but his move to City edged closer on Sunday after he was
withdrawn from selection.
City twice attempted to buy Sterling earlier this summer, but
saw both of their overtures snubbed before a third and final
offer, totalling Â£44m up front plus a further Â£5m in add-ons,
was accepted at the weekend.
Liverpool subsequently issued a statement, wishing Sterling
well, while Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the acquisition of the
â€œRaheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in
world football, and I am very much looking forward to him
joining our squad out in Australia later this week," he told the
â€œHe is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure
the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing
him in action for the team."
Sterling's agent, Aidy Ward, claimed earlier this week that
there had been a "breakdown in trust" between Sterling and
Rodgers , suggesting that his client no longer wanted to play
under the Reds manager.
However, the 20-year-old now has his move and becomes
City's record signing, eclipsing the Â£38.1m deal that saw
Sergio Aguero join the club in 2011, and the most expensive
English footballer of all time.
QPR are also due a windfall, with Sterling's former club
retaining 20 per cent sell-on fee thanks to a clause in the
forward's contract when he moved to Anfield for an initial
Â£400,000 in 2010 now totalling around Â£9m.
Sterling will wear the No.7 shirt at City.
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