It seems as though our Premier League rivals Manchester City are going to meet our enormous £50m valuation for Raheem Sterling…
Manchester City sources have told ESPN that the club will agree to our demands, thus paving the way for our 20-year-old winger to become the most expensive English footballer in history, eclipsing our own £35m deal for Andy Carroll in 2011.
We’ve already turned down a £25m plus add ons bid for Sterling, and a £40m one last week says the report, but it now seems like we’re going to get the enormous fee we’ve asked for.
It would match the price Chelsea signed Fernando Torres for in 2011, and is only slightly lower than the Luis Suarez price-tag from last summer (via BBC).
For us to be potentially getting £50m for a player who has no intention of staying at the club is nothing short of amazing. The ESPN report mentions his rejection of a £100m contract last season, but claim that City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak is desperate to splash cash and bring in top quality home grown players – with Micah Richards, Frank Lampard and James Milner departing.
Let’s hope if a transfer does eventually go through that we reinvest the money more sensibly than we did last summer, and make active, noticeable improvements to the first-team.