Man City can leave EFL club laughing all the way to the bank again after Sterling deal | Football | Sport

Sterling was hot property when he was plying his trade for Liverpool, racking up 23 goals and 25 assists in 129 appearances during his three seasons in the Reds first-team.

His form on Merseyside persuaded City to shell out £44million to take the attacker to the Etihad Stadium. And QPR were left licking their lips with their cut of the money after adding a sell-on clause when they sold the player to Liverpool in 2010.

According to The Athletic, QPR know how beneficial a sell-on clause can be and pressed hard to include one when they sanctioned Eze’s transfer to the Eagles in April 2020. The 25-year-old’s move to Selhurst Park was delayed due to the Hoops’ insistence on including the clause – but the deal now appears to be another masterstroke from QPR as they could be in for a windfall yet again.

In September, The Mirror revealed City failed with a £60million bid for Eze on transfer deadline day last summer. Talks were at an advanced stage with both clubs and the player would have reportedly loved the opportunity to work with Citizens boss Pep Guardiola. But the deal ultimately fell through as City weren’t prepared to match Palace’s £80m valuation in exchange for the winger.

Eze, who has won two caps for England, has contributed 18 goals and 14 assists in 110 games for the Eagles but has only found the back of the net three times in all competitions this season. He played the full 90 minutes on Thursday night as Roy Hodgson’s team were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in the FA Cup.

Following the failed move in the summer, Eze penned a new and improved deal in south London to commit his future to Palace until the summer of 2027. And the star said: “I’m delighted to have signed for the club for another three-and-a-half years. I’m now in my fourth season with the club and I’ve enjoyed it so far. I’m loving every moment. Hopefully the fans can expect more of the same in the future, God willing.”

City may still attempt to prise Eze away from Selhurst Park this year if they think he is worth the money. And if the Premier League champions meet the £80m fee the Eagles were demanding in the summer, QPR will be laughing all the way to the bank.

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