Despite leading the Premier League in net transfer spend over the past five seasons, Manchester City’s transfer approach has had a rather slapdash feel to it. That is not the case this summer where Pep Guardiola can be as happy with his club’s business as José Mourinho is with his at Manchester United.
Manchester City Major Signings:
John Stones Everton £47.5m; Leroy Sané Schalke £37m; Gabriel Jesus Palmeiras £27m; Ilkay Gündogan Borussia Dortmund £21m; Claudio Bravo Barcelona £15.4m; Nolito Celta Vigo £14m
Edin Dzeko Roma £9.5m (loan made permanent); Wilfried Bony Stoke City (loan); Joe Hart Torino (loan); Samir Nasri Sevilla (loan); Eliaquim Mangala Valencia (loan); Martín Demichelis Released; Richard Wright Retired; Jason Denayer Sunderland (loan)
City spent £135, on major acquisitions are Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan, John Stones, Nolito and Claudio Bravo. The last player is the replacement for Joe Hart, whose fall as the No 1 goalkeeper and loan to Torino is the story of this window.
Guardiola also cleared out some of City’s under-performing players, shipping out Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala.
Has to be an A. Brilliant overall of an under-performing squad but Guardiola this summer. Guardiola has been ruthless in his recruitment but you can already see his clear style of play flowing through this team. When you hire Guardiola, you let him rip the team apart and start again. He has done that this summer and City look much better for it. Great window.
What did you think of Man City’s transfer dealing? Happy? Unhappy?