Liverpool Football Club confirmed the sale of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City earlier on in the week…… thereby bringing an end to what was one of the most controversial and protracted transfer sagas in recent memory. The 20-year-old England winger moved to the Etihad after the Reds and the Citizens finally came to an agreement regarding a transfer fee.
Ultimately, £49m is what it took for City to land the young forward and while the blue half of Manchester may indeed be celebrating his addition to their squad, the ironic truth is that the Red half of Liverpool is not really lamenting it.
In fact, this deal is being seen as a success. Here was one player who did not want to stay on at our club. Sterling did have another couple of years left on his contract with the Reds, but his behaviour over the last one month or so made it evident that he wanted to leave. It is not to be denied though that we would have done well had we been able to hold onto him, but there was no chance of that happening as soon as Manchester City registered their interest in the player. There is not much use in keeping a player who does not want to stay at your club, but that did not mean that Liverpool were going to let him go for anything less than what he was worth.
But, the best part about the Sterling deal is the fact that City had offered to us exactly what Sterling was worth in the second bid that they lodged. For those of you who are not aware of this, Liverpool sold Sterling after accepting City’s third bid for the player. Their first bid was valued at £25m upfront along with £5m in add-ons. Their second deal was for £35m along with a similar £5m add-on payment. So, I feel that Liverpool actually sold him for £14m more than his true valuation.
To any City fans reading this article, don’t run away just yet for you see, the truth is that the lion’s share of all football fans and pundits are thinking the exact same thing! £49m for a 20-year-old who has just three seasons at the highest level under his belt has to be the deal of the century. The £49m that City have paid for the youngster is the third most expensive transfer by any club in England.
Serial winners Angel Di Maria and Fernando Torres occupy the two slots above him while Mesut Ozil and Sergio Aguero lie below. Surely, Sterling does not already belong amongst such a privileged bunch? I’ll leave you City fans to do the head scratching while I and my fellow Kopites go have a good time, we are £49m richer aren’t we?
Now to see just how good Mr Benteke can be!..
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