City have set a new British transfer record eclipsing the £35 million Liverpool spent on Andy Carroll in 2011 to acquire Sterling from the Reds for £49 million and on paper it looks to be worth every single penny.
Much has been made about the price tag which is admittedly excessive.
Even with Jason Denayer, Marcos Lopes and Kelechi Iheanacho potentially making the grade to the first-team, Manuel Pellegrini's side are still two players short of the eight-man homegrown quota.
They will get away with this in the Premier League but not the Champions League - a competition the Citizens generally struggle in. This season City do not have the handicap UEFA imposed on them after failing to meet Financial Fair Play regulations. By not signing at least one more homegrown player they would be handicapping themselves.
The bonus in this regard is Sterling is the country's best prospect and quite a good player in his own right. At the young age of 20 he potentially could become world class - so long as he follows Rio Ferdinand's advice.
Sergio Aguero is the only other attacker that is blessed with pace but his speed is not on the same level as Sterling's or Navas' and he is fairly injury-prone.
Sterling addresses needs bourne from strict FA and UEFA regulations, plus City's own weaknesses. Is the England international true worth £49 million? No. It is the classic case of an English premium but he is worth £49 million to City and that is all Pellegrini needs to be concerned with.