Raheem Sterling joining Manchester City from Liverpool is a huge statement from the club – and a landmark transfer.
A fee of £49million has been criticised by many for being an excessive figure, even by football’s increasingly bloated sense of finance.
It is the biggest figure City have paid for a player since the club was purchased by Sheik Mansour in September 2008 and takes the overall figure they have spent under his ownership to a whopping £719.1million.
In reality, it was always going to be a sizeable fee that would entice Liverpool to sell arguably their best player to a Premier League rival, regardless of how much Sterling was agitating for a switch.
The Reds were also negotiating in the knowledge that 20 per cent of any fee was to be passed on to Queens Park Rangers.
They replaced Roberto Mancini for Manuel Pellegrini in 2013 with the hope of developing a holistic approach.
At 20 years old, Sterling is a player that fits that mould. But with 129 appearances for Liverpool and 16 England caps already to his name, he can contribute immediately.

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