Sterling’s £49m City deal makes him English record-breaker

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LIVERPOOL’S CONTRACT rebel Raheem Sterling looks set to complete a move to Manchester City subject to a medical.

The England international voiced his ambitions of winning trophies and playing at the sport’s highest level in an official interview with the BBC last February.

The two clubs are on track to agree a £49 million deal (just short of Liverpool’s initial £50 million valuation) which would make Sterling Britain’s second most expensive footballer after Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

The Welsh winger moved to the Spanish club from Tottenham Hotspur for £86 million in 2013.

The high-profile switch could be a worthwhile investment for City who want to increase their quota for home-grown players, especially after Aston Villa skipper Fabian Delph pledged his commitment towards the Midland club after signing a four-and-a-half year deal at the beginning of 2015.

Jamaican-born Sterling was initially named in the Reds’ 30-man squad for a pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East Although, but with talks between the Reds and Manchester City advancing, the speedy attacking-midfielder was withdrawn.

While this may appear to be good news for Sterling as he edges ever closer to securing a place in City’s Champions League squad for next season, some Liverpool legends have expressed their dismay at the manner in which Raheem and his agent have handled the move.

Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard telling the BBC that he was “disappointed” that the 20-year-old had decided against signing a new contract.

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