BBC Sport have confirmed that Manchester City have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Reds forward Raheem Sterling. The deal concludes a lengthy transfer saga that we’re all delighted to see the back of.
— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) July 12, 2015
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Sterling was withdrawn from Liverpool’s pre-season tour on Sunday, shortly before the squad were due to depart for the Far East, following City’s third bid for the youngster’s services.
The Daily Mail had expected the deal to be worth around £45m in total, with £5m of that likely to come in the form of add-ons, based on his future performances. However, the exact details of the deal are yet to be disclosed.
Sterling joined Liverpool from Queens Park Rangers in 2010. He made his first-team breakthrough two years later, playing three times towards the end of the 2011-12 campaign after impressing with our academy side.
He became a semi-regular the following year, making 36 appearances in total during Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge and performed admirably despite the team’s disappointing performances.
His best season came during the 2013-14 campaign, when alongside Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, he came within touching distance of firing the Reds to a maiden Premier League title victory.
Rodgers massively aided Sterling’s growth and development during this period, helping him earn his first England cap in 2012. The 20-year-old has since played 16 times for the Three Lions, scoring once.
Unfortunately, his final year with us was marred by the speculation over his contract and his unsavoury relationship with the Liverpool fans following an interview with the BBC.
He finishes his Reds career with 23 goals in 129 games in all competitions.