Man City have undergone major surgery in the squad with an exodus and influx of players. From fullbacks to goalkeepers it appeared no one was safe from the axe on the blue side of Manchester.
At the back Willy Caballero has left with his fellow goalkeeper Joe Hart moving to West Ham this season on loan after a spell in Italy with Torino. At the fullback position is where the most departures occurred with; Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Kolarov who moved to Roma for a respective £4.5m all leaving the city of Manchester for greener pastures. The pacey Jesus Navas and winger in crime Nolito also left with the latter heading to his native Spain with Europa League experts Sevilla the destination. The exodus may not have finished though as Pep Guardiola has come out and said according to the BBC, that they “will try” and sign another centre back. It is rumoured that centre half Eliaqium Mangala, a major signing a few season ago in his own right is to make way in order to leave space at the back.
All these departures have created room in the dressing room and Pep wasted no time in filling in the gaps. Ederson Moraes arrived for a cool £35m. At the depleted fullback position, Englishman Kyle Walker arrived from Spurs for £45m with the aim of winning trophies. On the other side Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy was introduced after a record £52m fee and more recently the Brazilian Danilo who had a modest £26.5m price tag when compared with his fellow defenders. At the top end of the pitch Portuguese Bernardo Silva was signed for a reported £43m, looking to add to the already exciting and stacked attacking unit Man City possess. Once you add the £28.5m and £50m City spent on Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones in the past two seasons, the potential starting back 5 with GK included is in the region of being worth a staggering £210m.
In the wake of all this spending, Man City are still continually being linked with players. The most notable, 18 year old Kylian Mbappe who comes with a mind boggling £160m price tag above his head despite the contract extension negotiations going on at Monaco as they battle to keep their prized asset. If the Daily Mail and Metro are to be believed (which is dubious) then a wage of £320,000 is being offered to Alexis Sanchez who is entering his final year on contract at Arsenal. Despite only being valued at £50m according to the papers which is preposterous in terms of today’s market, Arsenal are fighting to maintain the Chilean with a wage of £275,000 being offered. Pep recently said that, “We cannot spend too much (more), we already spent a lot.” This begs the question if Mbappe is on the cards but Man City definitely have one or two surprises left in the transfer window before the season starts.
City fans will welcome the news that Ilkay Gundogan has come out and said that he is measuring his return in terms of weeks rather than months and will soon be fully recovered after his long layoff with injury. The return of the injury prone German will be welcomed like a new signing by both City fans and Fantasy Football Managers looking for a budget friendly goal scoring midfielder. Pre-seasons most recent fixture went extremely well for Man City with a 4-1 win in LA’s Coliseum against Real Madrid in front of 93,000 fans. It’s the first pre-season win for Pep but both he, the players and fans will be hoping the new additions can help the team continue winning ways when the season starts.
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