Official: Manchester City sign Sterling for £49m

By 06:41 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 Comments

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 £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withdrawn from selection.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 £44m up front plus a further £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


“Raheem 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

club's website.

“He 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 £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

£400,000 in 2010 now totalling around £9m.

Sterling will wear the No.7 shirt at City.



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