Raheem Sterling is a Manchester City player
After weeks of arguments and plenty of animosity among all parties, Raheem Sterling's £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City has finally been completed.
The 20-year-old, who will wear the number seven shirt, has become the club's record signing and the most expensive English footballer after sealing a record breaking move that is as mystifying as it is surprising.
While Sterling is a decent talent, the fee bing paid for his services is extravagant, yet City were quick to hail the signing as they made this announcement.
The deal means Sterling is now the 12th most expensive player of all-time, with Liverpool great John Aldridge telling us that City's vast investment in the player is a risk.
"To spend all that money on a potentially good young player is a huge gamble on City’s part," says Aldo.
"That is why I say any deal between £40m and £50m would allow Liverpool to emerge from this whole sorry saga with their dignity intact. Sterling and his agent will end up very rich, but let’s see where the player is in a few years.
"I have watched Sterling develop since he was 15 and he always looked like a classy player in the making, but I’m sure Aaron Lennon and Shaun Wright-Phillips looked just as good when they burst through the ranks and got into the England team.
"Potential cannot be compared to proven quality and City will have to hope Sterling develops his raw talents because they could be looking at an expensive mistake if he fails to hit the ground running when the pressure is on next season."