Liverpool have agreed a fee with Manchester City, £44M guaranteed with a possible £5M further in add-ons if the player hits certain performance and appearance targets. The player has agreed a deal in principle that will pay him £200k a week and make him one of the ten richest in the game.
Now, reports suggest the medical is under way and that Raheem Sterling will officially become a Manchester City player shortly. While Liverpool take on a Thai All Star XI in their first match of the pre-season, Sterling will be gone over by City’s medical team. It means the transfer saga is now very nearly over.
Barring any unexpected surprises, Sterling will officially become a Manchester City player later today, and an announcement of the deal is expected shortly after he completes his medical. Despite rumours of a rift, manager Brendan Rodgers has continued to insist he and Sterling had a good relationship until the end.
Raheem and I have stayed very strong in our relationship right up until he left," said the Liverpool manager yesterday. "There are no issues there. I spoke to Raheem at length before I left, and there is no problem at all, and like I said, the two clubs have now agreed a deal for him."