With the protracted transfer of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool to Manchester City having blown into a full fledged transfer saga, the Reds supporters will have breathed a sigh of relief yesterday as it was announced that the two clubs had agreed a £49 million fee for the want-away winger. It is a deal that suits all parties. Sterling has finally got the move he had been craving for , City have a 20-year-old highly accomplished player on their hands who was awarded as the best young player in Europe last season, and Liverpool have pocketed a mammoth £49 million for a player who was desperate to leave.
Having got what he desired, City manager Manuel Pellegrini is looking to set about the task of regaining the Premier League title as soon as possible. Introducing Young Raheem to his new surroundings will also be an agenda for the ex-Madrid manager. The first step on that path is due to arrive tomorrow, as according to claims made by BBC journalist David Ornstein on Twitter, who also went on to say that the move could be concluded in the coming days.
The aforementioned journalist has also claimed that the youngster is set to sign a five-year deal at the Etihad, with city reportedly paying him a huge salary in the range of £200,000 per week. After requesting Rodgers not to include him on the pre-season tour to Asia and Australia , it is widely believed that Sterling will now join his new tames at City in Australia by Wednesday evening.
Sterling’s actions have been the subject of criticism from several former players and football experts alike. City legend Shaun Goater himself has criticised the Sky Blues’ decision to pay such a high fee for such an unproven talent. However , with City struggling to fulfill the Premier League’s homegrown quota as well as struggling in the final third last season, Sterling’s acquisition is surely a useful one, as he is one of the best attacking talents that England has to offer.
Tactically intelligent, highly versatile, extremely pacy and direct, Sterling will provide Pellegrini’s men the extra dimension they were missing last term. Still just 20 years old, Sterling has his entire career in front of him , and with the ability he has, City faithful will be hoping that the sky is the limit for their newest recruit’s potential.