Raheem Sterling’s move to Manchester City is a ‘done deal’ according to former Liverpool manager Roy Evans.
The Blues have had two offers for the Anfield attacker rejected.
The second bid amounts to £40m - £35m and £5m in add-ons - though the Merseyside club are said to want £50m.
But Evans - who managed Liverpool between 1994 and 1998 - reckons a deal is as good as completed.
He reckons Liverpool’s huge spending in recent weeks means the departure of Sterling is inevitable.
Manager Brendan Rodgers splashed £29m on striker Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim and is poised to spend further on Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who is rated at £12m.
He has already brought in James Milner, Danny Ings - his fee is due to be set by tribunal - Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez.
Evans believes that level of spending means Liverpool are resigned to losing Sterling, albeit for a huge fee.
He said: “I don’t think they would be spending the amount of money they have if they didn’t feel Raheem Sterling was already a done deal to somewhere. If you look at the transfer market and the way it has been with the amount of players Liverpool have bought, I think that it must be in the equation.
“I like the idea that they’re trying to do business early rather than wait until the end of the transfer window.”
City are thought to be readying themselves for a third bid, though they don’t want to pay he £50m Liverpool believe he is worth.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid all showed initial interest but City are in pole position to land the young England ace.