The conclusion of one of the defining transfer sagas of the summer is in sight, after Liverpool and Manchester City agreed a £49m fee for Raheem Sterling.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the 20-year-old now just needs to agree personal terms and undergo a medical before the deal is completed.
The Echo suggest that the England international will be unveiled as a Manchester City player in the next 24 hours.
It had looked as if talks about a potential move were set to drag on right until the very end of the summer, after the Echo reported City had previously had two bids rejected for the winger, as they fall short of the Reds’ valuation of £50m.
However, the situation seemed to be heading for a conclusion upon the player’s return for pre-season training. Sterling told Brendan Rodgers that he did not want to be included in the squad for the tour of Asia and Australia, that departed today, the Echo report. He also missed training twice this week, due to apparent illness.
The Echo report that the club decided not to take him with the rest of the touring party as discussions over a move edged into an advanced stage.
Liverpool fans especially, are likely to be pleased that the end is in sight, after the player’s future overshadowed much of the latter stages of last season, and threatened to dampen their optimism ahead of the new campaign, as Sterling made no secret of the fact that he wished to leave.
Manchester City supporters will also be happy that the deal is nearly across the line. While he struggled to show it at times last season, the former Queens Park Rangers trainee is one of the most promising youngsters in the domestic game currently. City fans will be hoping that his potential has not been scuppered by a saga that threatened to never go away.