Of course Raheem Sterling isn't worth £49 million. He had a few good seasons at Liverpool, a few good performances for England but at the end of the day he's at best a good "lightweight" squad player. I mean it was not difficult to shine at Liverpool or in an England shirt was it? We have seen it all before with Andy Caroll, Robbie Fowler, Stuart Downing, Rickie Lambert and the list goes on.
It's when you consider other transfer-busting names that the price looks way out of kilter. He's just not in the same league - names like Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne and Rio Ferdinand jump out.
The transaction also shows the ineptitude of the Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. He publicly stated on the April 2 this year that Raheem was not leaving the club and how he'd had many long conversations with the young man to persuade him to stay. Well that went well Brendan.
Following this debacle he must be heading for the exit even before the season starts. Can you ever have imagined Fergie getting into this sort of pickle?
So what's in store for Sterling at Manchester City? Well if the example of Wilfred Bony is followed he will be warming the bench for most of the season.
Pellegrini has a tendency to have players straining at the leash before he uses them and even then there is no guarantee of a run out. Still I guess the reported £200,000-per-week will keep the lad happy.
I guess the next question is how will Brendan spend his lolly following the move of Sterling? His track record has not been so good and Benteke looks to be favourite but that’s a big big gamble. If it happens and he does not produce to goods, just as Lambert didn’t, expect Brendan to be dismissed, arms folded or not.