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Manchester City transfers: Busy time at the Etihad

| 20.07.2022

Manchester City transfers, departures and rumours

Premier League champions Manchester City have been busy in the summer transfer window with plenty of comings and goings at the Etihad Stadium ahead of the new season.

We’re taking a look at the Manchester City transfers and departures since the window opened, potential targets and the latest rumours, and you can check our best transfers of the summer by clicking on the link.

Who have Manchester City signed?

City pulled off the transfer coup of the summer with the £51million signing of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund on a five-year contract but their business has not stopped there.

Pep Guardiola has bolstered his midfield with the £45m capture of England international Kalvin Phillips from Leeds, although it’s Haaland’s move which has excited City fans.

City played the whole of last season without a recognised centre-forward but still managed to win the title by a point from Liverpool, but they now have one of the best players in the world in that position. The 21-year-old Norwegian scored 86 goals in 89 appearances in two-and-a-half seasons with Dortmund.

Haaland said: “You can’t help but admire their style of play, it’s exciting and they create a lot of chances, which is perfect for a player like me. There are so many world-class players in this squad and Pep is one of the greatest managers of all time, so I believe I am in the right place to fulfil my ambitions.”

Haaland has been joined at the club by Phillips, who made 235 appearances for hometown club Leeds in eight seasons and played a key role in England reaching the Euro 2020 final.

Phillips said: “City have again proved to be the best team in the country with an amazing squad and a manager in Pep Guardiola who is rightly considered to be the finest in the world. To be able to play under Pep and learn from him and his coaching staff as well as be part of such a fantastic squad is a prospect that I am incredibly excited about.

“City are a world-class club with world-class staff and facilities and it’s a dream come true to have joined the club.”

German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, 29, has also joined on a free transfer after his contract with Arminia Bielefeld expired.

Manchester City signings:

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund – £51m)
Kalvin Phillips (Leeds – £45m)
Stefan Ortega (Arminia Bielefeld – free)

Who has left Manchester City?

Two major players left the club during the transfer window on the back of Haaland’s arrival, with Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus joining Chelsea and Arsenal respectively for a combined £92m.

Jesus has been reunited with former Manchester City assistant manager Mikel Arteta and was later joined by versatile Ukraine player Oleksandr Zinchenko for £32m.

Brazilian striker Jesus joined the Gunners in a £45million deal and could face his former club at the Emirates on October 18.

Jesus scored 95 goals in 236 appearances in six seasons at the Etihad, but will become the focal point of Arsenal’s attack for the forthcoming season.

Sterling, back in London after a combined 11 seasons in the north-west with City and Liverpool, was just as prolific, netting 131 times in 339 appearances with City, winning the Premier League on four occasions like Jesus.

Zinchenko spent six seasons at the Etihad where he made 128 appearances after joining City from Russian club FC
Ufa in June 2016.

He won both the Premier League and League Cup four times during his stay at the Etihad Stadium, as well as the FA Cup once. Zinchenko has won 52 caps for Ukraine and can operate in defence or midfield.

The only other significant exit has been that of 37-year-old midfielder Fernandinho, who ended nine seasons at the club to move back to Brazil, but he has been replaced by Phillips.

Manchester City departures:

Raheem Sterling (Chelsea – £47.5m)
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal – £45m)
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal – £32m)
Fernandinho (Athletico Paranaense – free)
Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough – loan)

Who have Manchester City been linked with?

Marc Cucurella (Brighton)

The 23-year-old wing-back was the Seagulls’ player of the season having played in every game under Graham Potter since he was signed for £15million from Getafe. Cucurella was in the top 10 for tackles per game last season, but with four years left on his contract it could take a lot of cash for Brighton to part with the attack-minded defender.

City have reportedly made a £30m bid for the Spaniard, but the Seagulls are thought to be holding out for £50m.

Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich)

The former Arsenal forward is about to start his eighth season with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, but the Germany star has been linked with both Manchester clubs. With Jesus and Sterling having left the club, Guardiola is looking light in the forward department.

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Warren Barner