For most Liverpool supporters , it has always been a matter of when , rather than if , Sterling’s mooted move to Manchester City becomes a reality. There has been a complete breakdown in the relationship between the player and the fans , with some going to the extent of jeering the young England International on several occasions. Two big money offers for the youngster have already been rejected by the club, with many expecting them to dig in their heels and stick to their £50 million valuation. There have been reports that City are preparing a third offer for the player believed to be closer to the Reds’ valuation, but the general consensus remains that no concrete agreement has yet been reached between the clubs.
However , former Liverpool manager Roy Evans believes otherwise and has stated that considering the influx of new players at Anfield this summer, it is highly plausible to suggest that a deal may already have been struck between the two clubs for the want-away England International. Football odds have already been shortened on the chances of the English man leaving anfield which is a further indication of what to expect.
Evans was quoted as saying :
“If you look at the transfer market and the way it has been with the amount of players Liverpool have bought, Raheem Sterling’s sale must be in the equation.”
Mr. Evans may have a point here as Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group have shown in the past that they prefer to splash the cash and bring in replacements before announcing a high profile departure. The same series of events panned out last summer, where they spent big on signing replacements before sanctioning Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona. To a lesser extent ,same thing happened when Fernando Torres departed Merseyside in January 2011. So, it is highly likely that Liverpool are already spending the amount they expect to recuperate with Sterling’s sale.
Evans further stated :
“I don’t think they would be spending the amount of money they have if they didn’t think Raheem Sterling was already a done deal to somewhere.
Liverpool , for their part , have moved swiftly to secure replacements for the impending departure of one of their best pplayers last season , having already signed five new players with several big money moves for players like Clyne , Kovacic and either one of Benteke or Bacca set to be completed in the coming days. It is obvious the club already know Sterling will leave the club hence the spending spree.