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Liverpool agree £49m Raheem Sterling deal with Manchester City

Liverpool have agreed a fee of £49m with Manchester City for Raheem Sterling, with the player now free to tie up a wage deal which some sources suggest could be £200,000 a week.

The deal represents a British record between British clubs for a British player.

It is also just £3m short of rivals Manchester United’s £52m outlay on three new signings, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian, with midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin joining them at Old Trafford last night.

Sterling (right) will vastly increase the £100,000 a week offer Liverpool had made him to stay.

The £49m offer Liverpool have accepted includes add-ons and is close enough to meet the Anfield club’s demands for £50m.

The size of the Sterling deal means Liverpool can now press ahead with their own attempts to agree a fee for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.

Queens Park Rangers, who helped develop Sterling, are due around 20 per cent of the fee.

Sterling is expected to join City’s pre-season tour to Australia, when his medical has been completed.

His departure from Liverpool has been unsavoury, with the player not showing up for training on two occasions last week, and reports of a breakdown in relations with boss Brendan Rodgers.

More transfer news:

Raheem Sterling's Liverpool exit could help usher in Christian Benteke 

Morgan Schneiderlin set to join Schweinsteiger at Manchester United 

Van Persie set to join Fenerbahce 

Behrami makes Watford move

Delph rules out Villa exit

Given and Van Ginkel join Potters 

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