Raheem Sterling - Liverpool to Manchester City - Transfer Complete
So Liverpool finally ceded in their £50m asking fee and accepted a £44m +£5 in added incentives from Manchester City. This has been a prolonged transfer saga with neither player nor teams coming away smelling of roses. Sterling and his agent handled the whole thing extraordinarily poorly with Sterling pretty much forcing the move through by refusing to show up for pre season and by asking not to go on the summer tour with Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers was left in a situation he would not have wanted to be in with a player who is unhappy and an unsettling influence in the dressing room. With Liverpool having lost long time captain Stephen Gerrard who moves to Los Angeles on July 1, there is a possibility the lack of stability in the dressing room contributed to the mayhem.
Sterling is one of the best young English players in the league and as a winger was terrific for Liverpool two season ago when his pace provided numerous goals and opportunities for the lethal Luis Suarez. In moving to Manchester City , Sterling will again have a terrific striker to provide with chances as Kun Aguero is probably the best striker in the league and maybe the best out and out striker in the world. Such is the bad feeling towards Sterling from Liverpool fans and pundits that he is now being called over-rated ,by the very fans who would have rated him among the best in the league last season. There is no doubt that this is a big transfer fee and Sterling does have alot of things to work on, his finishing is suspect at times and his left foot needs work but Sterling has electric pace and an ability to get in behind defences can be priceless.
Liverpool have been busy in the transfer market this summer with Nathaniel Clyne, Danny Ings, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez all coming in. Firminho in particular will need to live up to the hype as he will have the job of filling Sterling's boots on the right wing. Brendan Rodgers has a specific plan of how he wants his team to play, I do think Sterling's loss will hurt Rodgers plans but what can Liverpool do but move on. For Manchester City, they lost a bit part player in James Milner and have signed one of Englands most exciting wingers, he did cost close to £50million but if Sterling helps the Citizens regain their league title they will see it as money well spent. Only time will tell who got the better end of this particular deal.