With the start of the Premier League in sight, Manchester City is already focused on the goal of to raise again the title so precious in England and in the worldthose led by Pep Guardiola had a transfer market in which they closed high-level reinforcements such as Erling Haaland and Julián Álvarez and played friendlies in which they looked for filming ahead of what is to come.
WHO CAME TO THE CITY IN THIS PASS MARKET?
It is clear that the most incredible reinforcement of this season was precisely from the Citizens and I get they took Erling Haaland, from Borussia Dortmunddesired by clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona, and great teams around the world, but finally the Norwegian who turned 22 on July 21, he came to Manchester for 60 million euros to become the leader of the attack.
Erling Haaland on his City debut. (REUTERS)
Continuing the offensive Julián Álvarez was presented at Ciudadanos last July, the striker emerged in the lower River River came with his youth and the aspiration to become great with a great. On the 19th he arrived at the team for 21 million euros and will contribute his goalscoring quota to try to retain the League title obtained by his new club.
The first goal cry for Julián Álvarez. (AP)
After passing through Leeds, Kalvin Philips arrived at the former Kun Aguero team and joins the squad after being molded by Loco Bielsa. The midfielder arrived in Manchester for 58 million euros and will share a dressing room with another of the reinforcements, Stefan Ortega, who arrives to defend the goal in case something happens to Ederson.
WHO LEFT THE CITY THIS PASS MARKET?
The hardest but necessary exit was that of Raheem Sterling, A winger who gave a lot in recent years to the Ciudadano team, but who no longer had the level he knew how to have in his glory days, where he even gave titles with his great performances to his now former club. The new owner of Chelsea took care that this is the first reinforcement of him as owner of the club and came to the Blues in exchange for 53 million euros which could go up to 65 depending on different bonuses. He signed until 2027.
Sterling was introduced as a new Chelsea player. Photo: @ChelseaFC
Fernandinho, former captain and great reference for City, returned after 17 years to Athletico Paranaensethe club that saw him born and will give more hierarchy to the Brazilian League, which this year filled its clubs with incorporations that gave a lot to talk about. Zinchenko was also another big loss for Pep at left-back, but he left €37m on his way to rival Arsenal.
Pedro Porro, Spanish defender, left Manchester for 25 million euros and is currently a new player for Sporting LisbonRoméo Lavia and Kou Itakura, join the list of players who left the Cityzens this season.
Currently with the sights on the left side and after Cucurella’s transfer to Chelsea, Guardiola will seek to close a 3 and those targeted would be Alejandro Grimaldo, currently at Benfica, and Borna Sosa, the Croatian who plays in the German League.
WHAT IS COMING TO THE CITY?
After shutting down the reinforcements this season, Manchester City played two friendlies in order to film players who had not been having so much participation and to try at least a few minutes to the new faces that arrived with great enthusiasm.
The first pre-season friendly was played on July 20, where those led by Guardiola they took a 2-1 victory against América de México with a double from Kevin De Bruyne and three days later, they also won against the powerful Bayern Munich by the minimum with a goal from the brand new reinforcement, Erling Haaland.
After taking two exciting victories, the new City found themselves with a very powerful Liverpool and also with several new faces, who He went out to show him that he had already finished the friendly tour in the final match for the Community Shield and beat him 3-1though Julián Álvarez had his official debut and managed to score the goal (with suspense) that gave the Ciudadano team a partial tie.
Already focused on the next objective of retaining the Premier, Manchester will debut in the English League next Saturday, August 13, against Bournemouth at the Etihad Stadium.