Liverpool player leaves for £49m

Sterling seals record transfer deal in England

Raheem SterlingA new record transfer deal between two English football clubs yesterday emphasised the power of the Premier League and settled one of the summer’s longest-running disputes.

Raheem Sterling will undertake a medical at Manchester City  today to seal a £49 million move from Liverpool. Sterling is being described by some as the first £100m player when his earnings are taken into account. He will earn £10.5m a year over a long term agreement.

The England international has been in dispute with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, rejecting offers to lift his pay packet from £35,000 to up to £100,000 a week, and refusing to join the team on a summer tour of south-east Asia and Australia.

A deal struck yesterday afternoon will cost the deposed English champions an initial £44m with a further £5m to be paid based on appearances.

It follows Liverpool’s rejection of two bids from the Manchester club – £25m rising to £30m and the second closer to £40m.

Sterling, still only 20, has made 129 appearances and scored 23 goals for the Merseyside club which signed him as a 16-year-old in 2010. Despite playing 52 times last season he had made it clear to Rodgers that he no longer wished to be part of the Irishman’s plans.

Relations between them have deteriorated, with Liverpool telling the player he faced disciplinary action if he did not fulfil his club commitments. There was talk of the players’ union being called in to resolve the dispute.

Sterling was jeered by Liverpool supporters as he received the club’s Young Player of the Year award.

The transfer is the 13th highest for any player.



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