July 14, 2015 17:38:14 UK
Raheem Sterling has signed for Manchester City from Liverpool on a five-year contract.
With the clubs having agreed a fee, thought to be in the region of £49m, Sterling passed a medical and has now completed the deal which will now see him travel to Australia to meet his new team-mates who are there on a pre-season tour.
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini said of his new signing: “Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football, and I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week.
“He is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team.”
He is a young player with outstanding ability.
Sterling, who will wear the number seven shirt for City, spent five years at Anfield, joining the club from QPR in 2010. Two years later he made his first team debut and went on to become a regular under Brendan Rodgers.
He made 95 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, scoring 18 goals. He made his international debut for England in a friendly away to Sweden and has made 16 appearances for his country including at the World Cup in Brazil last summer.
The fee paid by City also makes him the most expensive English player, beating the previous record of £35m which saw Andy Carroll move from Newcastle to Liverpool in 2011.
City, runners-up to Chelsea last season are 3.75 to win the title at the end of the 2015-16 season. Chelsea are 2.50 and Manchester United are priced at 6.00.
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