Report: Liverpool agree to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City for £49 million

Raheem Sterling

Liverpool will sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City.

Liverpool have finally made a decision to sell Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, report The Mail.

The winger has been desperate for a way out of Anfield for weeks, and missed two days of pre-season this week.

He had been due to fly out on Liverpool's tour of Asia, but instead will head to City to talk personal terms, after the club's third bid was accepted.

The Mail report the offer is worth a total of £49 million, the third highest fee Liverpool have ever received.

A good move?

For Liverpool, the fact the saga is nearly over is a positive, but it will leave a sour taste that Sterling has got his way and managed to force a transfer.

Keeping him around however would have been more hassle than it's worth, and proved a negative distraction during the rest of pre-season and beyond.

His form dropped off dramatically at the end of last season, and at £49 million, Manchester City are investing in potential rather than a proven world class talent.

For Liverpool the biggest impact of the transfer will centre around where they invest the money received, and if they can buy effectively, as opposed to last season's poor buys.

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