According to a range of British media reports, it seems as though, Manchester City have upped their initial bid for Liverpool’s winger Raheem Sterling to €55 million, including add-ons. Liverpool’s valuation of the England international is closer to the €70 million mark and if negotiations continue at the same pace, the Anfield-based outfit might eventually get what they want.
Nevertheless, Liverpool should not be too upset about the now imminent departure of a player who clearly does no longer want to play for the Reds. Instead, the club’s supporters should be grateful that clubs like Manchester City actually exist. Although this may be up for discussion, it feels as though an outlay of €70 million could easily get you at least three players of Sterling’s quality. Liverpool have actually begun to prove this point by their transfer activity thus far, by spending next to nothing on James Milner and Danny Ings, and by adding talented midfielder Mateo Kovacic for a reasonable fee of €22 million. Furthermore, young Belgian prodigy Divock Origi is set to debut for the Reds, after spending last season on loan at French club Lille. In this sense, the squad has already seen some significant improvements ahead of next season.
In addition to new signings, Liverpool’s squad is packed with players who joined the club only last season. In that respect, Sterling’s departure might accelerate the progress of the likes of Lazar Markovic and Adam Lallana, who will be some of the names due to compensate. The sale of Raheem Sterling will arguably add further funds to the club’s squad planning and will enable the Reds to make more high quality investments. Whatever the outcome of this transfer saga might be, Liverpool supporters can genuinely look forward to the upcoming campaign and can be more confident about the team’s potential.
As for Raheem Sterling, he now looks set to join a club, where he will be able to mingle with several like-minded individuals such as Samir Nasri, and will ultimately have to deal with the pressure of being, what many might refer to as, a mercenary.