Raheem Sterling has maintained throughout his contract rangle with Liverpool that he is not motivated by money.
But by forcing his way out of Anfield, and burning bridges in the process, the 20-year-old could be set for a huge financial windfall to the tune of £4million, as reported by The Telegraph.
That is because the wily winger has an agreement with his controversial agent, Aidy Ward, that he will receive up to 50 per cent of any fees that come Ward's way if and when a transfer deal is agreed.
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Manchester City are leading the race to sign Sterling and are preparing their third and biggest offer yet. The Citizens have seen bid of £30m and £40m knocked back by Liverpool, but Manuel Pellegrini's latest offer is likely to come very close to their £50m asking price.
Ward, who himself hit headlines after claiming that Sterling would not sign a new contract with Liverpool even if it was worth £900,000-a-week, would likely bank 10 per cent of the total transfer fee as well as 10 per cent of the total wage packet.
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It's all about the money
Sterling will likely receive an offer from Manchester City that is very similar to the one he rejected from Liverpool. If he agrees a £100,000-a-week, five-year deal, then Ward would receive an estimated £8m, of which £4m would make its way to Sterling's pocket.
So for someone who does not care about money, Sterling is certainly finding that a lot of it is coming his way just from leaving Liverpool. It is likely to be enough to convince the few Liverpool fans who still like Sterling to join the vast group who do not.
Brendan Rodgers has maintained a stance that he does not have to sell Sterling, but such is his position at the club, it would be unhealthy for the England international to remain at Anfield for next season.
Liverpool fans were already booing him towards the end of the last campaign and would likely continue well into the new season if they fail to agree a deal with an interested party. Should Manchester City offer anything above their last offer of £40m, they should accept it and move on.
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