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Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans has expressed his belief that Raheem Sterling’s exit from the club this summer is a ‘done deal’ after the Reds’ flurry of new signings, he told talkSPORT.
The England international has been strongly linked with a move away from Anfield after notably rejecting a new contract at the end of last season, with BBC Sport reporting that the Merseysiders had given up hope of persuading the young forward to stay.
Since then, Liverpool have moved to bring in a host of new faces in the summer transfer window, with James Milner joining from Manchester City (via BBC Sport) and Roberto Firmino coming in from Hoffenheim (announced last week on the club’s official site) suggesting that manager Brendan Rodgers is planning for life without Sterling, due to both players’ ability to fill the various roles he did last season, such as out wide and up front.
Although Sterling made a great contribution to the Liverpool cause with eight goals and eight assists, the Reds may now be in a decent shape to cope without him after these new additions, which Evans told talkSPORT he believes to be the reason the 20-year-old will be on his way out, though he did not comment specifically on which club he thought he was heading to.
“If you look at the transfer market and the way it has been with the amount of players Liverpool have bought, [Raheem Sterling’s sale] must be in the equation,” Evans said.
“I don’t think they would be spending the amount of money they have if they didn’t think Raheem Sterling was already a done deal to somewhere.”
Manchester City have failed with two bids for the youngster (via BBC Sport), but the Manchester Evening News reported last week that the Premier League runners-up were considering making a third offer to bring the player to the Etihad Stadium, possibly preparing to pay as much as £50m for his signature.