Manchester City have completed the first big-money move of the English transfer window by agreeing a deal for Liverpool star Raheem Sterling, according to reports.
The England international is set to finalise his move for a fee of around £49million in the next few days, and will become the first flagship buy City have made this year.
The deal allows City to add to their home-grown quota and they have signed a young England international with a lot of potential who could do big things for the club.
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QPR have also benefited from the fee being paid to Liverpool. When he moved from QPR to Liverpool the London team had a clause in the contract that would see them receive a percentage of Sterling's next transfer.
Many reports are stating that QPR could be set to receive between £9-10m, which isn`t bad for a player that never played for their senior side! There are two big questions to ask now: Where will Sterling play for City? and What will Liverpool do with the money from the deal?
With David Silva seemingly having the number 10 role at City locked down it is yet to be seen where Sterling will play for City. He has played as the number 10, out wide or as a lone striker for Liverpool.
It is doubtful that he would take up a place up front for City due to their strength in depth with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Wilfried Bony. A wide position could be where he will end up playing, with the options there limited to just Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas as regulars.
Liverpool fans will be hoping that Sterling is adequately replaced by a player of a similar ability and not a host of young potential players. They need to strengthen the squad for next season after a below-par showing last term where the club finished outside of the Champions League places.
Their form last campaign highlighted a big drop in performance levels, as the season before the team were pushing for the title and only narrowly missed out.
What do you think to the deal? Who has benefited more? What should Liverpool do with the money? Let us know in the comments box below.
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