Manchester City have announced the record signing of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool on a five-year contract.
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 move which has been will be worth up to £49m.
The announcement came on Tuesday evening after Sterling had passed a medical and he will fly out to meet up with his new team-mates in Australia within the next 24 hours.
A statement released on the club’s official website said: “Manchester City are delighted to announce Raheem Sterling has joined the club on a five-year deal.
“The 20-year-old England international’s transfer is a club record fee for an English player and he also becomes City’s record signing.”
City boss Manuel Pellegrini was delighted to finally get his hands on the player.
He said: “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.”
News of Sterling’s departure from Anfield was also confirmed by Liverpool.
A statement on the Liverpool website read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm Raheem Sterling has completed a transfer to Manchester City. The 20-year-old departs Anfield after 129 appearances and 23 goals for the Reds.
“Liverpool FC wishes Raheem well.”