Official: Manchester City sign Sterling for £49m

After two previous bids were rejected, the winger finally leaves Liverpool for the Etihad Stadium to become the most expensive English footballer of all time

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Manchester City have confirmed the signing of
Raheem Sterling from
Liverpool for a deal worth up to £49 million .
The news brings to an end a long-running and highly public transfer saga, with the England international even threatening to go on strike before twice calling in sick to training in a bid to force a move away from the club, having told Brendan Rodgers of his desire to leave .
Sterling was included in the club’s pre-season tour squad, despite informing his manager that he did not wish to travel, but his move to City edged closer on Sunday after he was withdrawn from selection .
City twice attempted to buy Sterling earlier this summer, but saw both of their overtures snubbed before a third and final offer, totalling £44m up front plus a further £5m in add-ons, was accepted at the weekend.
Liverpool subsequently issued a statement, wishing Sterling well, while Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the acquisition of the forward.

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“Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football, and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week,” he told the club’s website.
“He is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.”
Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, claimed earlier this week that there had been a “breakdown in trust” between Sterling and Rodgers , suggesting that his client no longer wanted to play under the Reds manager.
However, the 20-year-old now has his move and becomes City’s record signing, eclipsing the £38.1m deal that saw Sergio Aguero join the club in 2011, and the most expensive English footballer of all time.
QPR are also due a windfall, with Sterling’s former club retaining 20 per cent sell-on fee thanks to a clause in the forward’s contract when he moved to Anfield for an initial £400,000 in 2010 now totalling around £9m.
Sterling will wear the No.7 shirt at City.

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