Liverpool fans breathed a sigh of relief as the Raheem Sterling transfer saga finally came to an end last night, with a deal close to A?49 million agreed between Manchester City and Liverpool FC
The English international will become the 12th most expensive footballer of all time at only 20, when his transfer from Merseyside to Manchester is completed. After a number of bids in the region of A?35m to A?45m were rejected by the Merseyside club, the Reds finally accepted a A?49 million offer, making it a record transfer between two Premier League clubs for an English player, second only to Fernando Torres’ transfer from Liverpool FC to Chelsea.
The winger was offered a A?100,000-a-week contract by the Reds, which he had rejected, and is now reportedly set to make a whooping A?200,000-a-week at the Etihad. It was a long drawn transfer saga, with the 20-year-old doing all he could to force through a move away from Anfield.
Both Liverpool and the fans, must be happy that it’s finally come to an end, while Manchester City would be delighted to have landed one of the most coveted youngsters, in Sterling. Which of the two teams got the better deal, remains to be seen.
Fans took to Twitter to pay their last respects to the departing legend i.e. Raheem Sterling-
‘Man City have agreed a A?49m fee for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling’… http://t.co/y8JIFfFuKM
a Dan. (@Lazallana) July 12, 2015
Sterling: potentially a match winner at the highest level. will now have to prove it under huge scrutiny due to the way he left #LFC & fee.
a Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 12, 2015
The only reason City have signed Sterling is so his kids can fill up the remaining 22 academy places. a Charlie says.. (@jonmikesav8) July 12, 2015
Liverpool got 50 million for Torres and 49 million for Sterling. Taking from the rich and giving it to poor clubs. Robin Hood of football. a Sychlops (@Sychlops) July 12, 2015
QPR will make close to A?10m from this Sterling transfer. Almost enough to buy Chris Samba again.
a Paddy Power (@paddypower) July 12, 2015
Kind of ironic Liverpool fans laughing at the price for Sterling. I’m sure Newcastle are still laughing at what they got for Carroll. a Tom Gordon (@GoonerGordo) July 12, 2015
Torres left = Gutted Suarez left = Devastated Stevie left = Inconsolable Xabi Left = broken Sterling leaving = Buzzing a TheCoutinhoRolea (@TheCoutinhoRole) July 12, 2015
Trying to figure out how on earth Sterling is worth A?49 million. pic.twitter.com/eVyL1uRGBj
a GeniusFootball (@GeniusFootball) July 12, 2015
Brendan Rodgers on Sterling’s A?49m move to City https://t.co/bPfPe2Lvwo
a dashy1 (@daveashy) July 12, 2015
Liverpool fans after finding out they somehow sold Raheem Sterling for A?49m to Man City. https://t.co/8JbKesFnzy
a FootyHumour (@FootyHumour) July 12, 2015