Proof if any was needed that in football, if you throw your toys out of your pram hard enough, a big money move will ensue.
That’s one way of looking at Raheem Sterling’s imminent move from Liverpool to Manchester City, as the England man prepares to become the second most expensive British player in history.
Having withdrawn from the Liverpool squad through ‘illness’ and failed to report for training many Reds fans will be rubbing their hands with glee at the fee that Brendan Rodgers and co have received for the former QPR man.
And with Rangers set to net 20 per cent from the sale of the forward, the Loftus Road hierarchy will certainly be pleased with their near-£10m windfall.
Having netted 10 goals in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit in 2014-15, Ladbrokes have priced up the 20-year-old at 5/6 to reach double figures for City in the season ahead, while it is the same price he scores nine or less.
While his potential is clear to see, it is key to note, that while Manuel Pellegrini’s side are forking out a wedge for the player, a regular starting spot will not be a given.
The likes of Stevan Jovetic (£22m – 13 Premier League appearances), Eliaquim Mangala (£31.8m –25 run-outs) and Wilfried Bony (£28M – two starts from a possible 16), have shown that new arrivals are not guaranteed to slot straight into the Citizens’ first XI in their maiden season.
For today’s poll, we are asking you a simple question. Will Raheem Sterling’s time at the Etihad Stadium be a success or will the Sky Blues be left pondering where that £49m went?
With the move set to be confirmed in the coming days Ladbrokes have priced up a number of specials for the 16-capped wide-man.
From a Premier League winning maiden season at City to scooping the Ballon D’or in the next five years, all available consequences are covered.
Score vs LFC in either of the 2 league games (2015/16) 6/5
PFA Player of year 2015/16 20/1
Premier League Season Total Goals:
Over 9.5 Goals 5/6
Under 9.5 Goals 5/6
Win the League with Man City 2/7
Win the Uefa Champions League with Man City 5/2
Win the Euros with England 10/3
Win World Cup with England 11/2
To win the Ballon D’or within the next 5 years – 16/1
To win the PFA Player of the year within the next 5 years – 3/1
To be at a club outside the current top (Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal & Man Utd) on the first day of the 2020/21 Season – 5/6
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.