Man City have wrapped up their first major transfer of the summer with Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling completing a £49m move to the Etihad Stadium.
The 20-year-old winger has signed a five-year deal with the club and will wear the number seven shirt.
The £49m fee makes him the most expensive English player of all time, surpassing the £35m that Liverpool paid Newcastle for striker Andy Carroll in 2011.
He also becomes Man City’s record signing, which was previously held by Sergio Aguero when he joined from La Liga side Atletico Madrid for £38.1m in 2011.
In a statement on the club’s website, manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Sterling is one the best players in the world and cannot wait to see him playing in a Man City jersey.
“Raheem Sterling is one of the best attacking players in world football,” said the 61-year-old.
“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.”
Liverpool signed Sterling as a 15-year-old from QPR (who will receive £9m as part of the deal) in February 2010 and he made 129 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring 23 goals.
I think Liverpool are better off with Raheem Sterling and I believe they are the real winners here. Sterling had a great couple of seasons at Liverpool since his senior debut in 2012, but no way is he worth £49m.
Although I think he has the potential to become a great player at Man City, they definitely overpaid for him. Man City were in desperate need of right-winger and I think Sterling will slot straight into the starting line-up. He could become one of the best wingers in the Premier League.