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Manchester City Club News Vol 2: Transfer News
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Good Afternoon and welcome to a very special transfer issue of Manchester City Club News.
In this addition we take an in depth look into the comings and goings of Manchester City's first big transfer period.
Sergio Aguero £75m to Borussia Dortmund
We start of with the record breaking transfer of Sergio Aguero who fresh off his golden boot winning season in the Premier League attracted a lot of interest from several high profile clubs. The Argentinian was understood to be very happy at City but with Borussia Dortmund desperate to take pressure off of their star man, Marco Reus, a tempting £75m bid was placed. Realising that the money could be used to fund 3/4 new faces and with a replacement all lined up Manchester City's manager accepted the generous offer.
Jesus Navas £18m to Barcelona
Jesus Navas was one of the less surprising names to have been let go by City's new manager. Identified as being perhaps a tad over-rated during their first training session together Navas failed to show a desire to impress. News broke that Spanish giant's Barcelona had developed an interest in Navas who was their target for replacing Pedro. With neither manager nor player wanting to refuse a generous offer Navas returned to Spain and City looked to the market to replace him.
Edin Dzeko £18m to AS Roma
Edin Dzeko was perhaps another of the less surprising names to leave the club. At 29 years old the club felt that he had peaked and was not offering the same goal scoring form that saw him rise in stature within the footballing world. With a few clubs interested, and a return to Vfl Wolfsburg a distinct possibility, AS Roma made a good offer for his services. With Dzeko wanting to be the star man at his next club the move suited him well.
Luis Fernandinho £17m to AS Roma
With Yaya Toure destined to leave it would appear perhaps odd that the clubs only other top rated CDM would be on his way out however the new manager is obviously not a fan. Fernandinho however at 30 years old wasn't looking fresh and didn't seem up to the challenge of securing the midfield for City for years to come, when AS Roma again came knocking City and Luis agreed that a move was probably for the best.
Yaya Toure £60m to Bayern Munich
The saga of the window for City fans was where would Yaya go? Having felt under-appreciated at the club after Cake-gate, as it will forever be affectionately known, Toure wanted to move onto something new. There was plenty of interest from some of football's biggest clubs and perhaps the biggest of them all secured his signature. Having never played in Germany Toure saw Bayern as the best destination for him, where he could still be a star but also challenge for titles. With £60m the fee it also gave City the chance to reinvest in some new faces.
Elaquim Mangala £14m to Chelsea
Mangala's first season at City could be described in many ways, poor, disastrous, failure etc. The big money signing was surplus to requirements and when Chelsea made a fair offer for his services the club knew they couldn't say no, especially with the signings already at the club.
Theo Walcott £21m from Arsenal
The club had been lacking some useful pace out wide for some time. Navas, while quick, failed to deliver the required end product on too many occasions to be the legs of the side. With Theo Walcott's name listed by the Arsenal manager, City knew they had a great chance at brining in a younger talented English player who was just reaching maturity in his development. Walcott, who also seems to be developing well in a striker role, will slot in very nicely with the club's new transfer policy, of buying younger (and if possible British) talent, rather than spending £50m + fees on superstars.
Raphael Varane £30m (%50 = £15m) from Real Madrid
At just 22 years of age Raphael Varane was already considered a fantastic defender by many in world football. The chairman was concerned that Manchester City's recently bought defenders , like Mangala, were not up to the required standard and so decided that the club might need to spend big for someone worthy of a spot. The chairman offered to pay 50% of the fee himself. With Varane one of the hottest young CB's around Manchester City maxed out their offer with £30m to Real Madrid being enough to secure the young Frenchman's services.
Emboaba Oscar £38m from Chelsea
With Toure looking destined to leave the club needed something different in midfield. Paul Pogba was perhaps the only like for like replacement on the market but with huge competition for his signature the club felt it better to invest in something outside the box, that could also score from inside it. Enter Oscar, the underrated engine for Chelsea. With bags of energy and technical ability Oscar is a rare breed of Brazilian footballer, less concerned with the I, and more concerned with the TEAM. With Oscar still only 23 many perhaps forget just how much he's achieved in such a short career and how much he could go onto achieve with his career very much still ahead of him.
Carlos Tevez £36m from Juventus
Sergio Ageuro's loss was big. He was perhaps the best City player and best forward in the PL today. However with Carlos Tevez in terrific form for Juventus City felt now was the time to bring him back. With Tevez's dynamic approach to the attacking side of football the fans feel in safe hands and hope to see another Argentine bagging the goals for them this season.
Roberto Firmino £29.7m from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Firmino is talented, of that there is no question. Very much an attack minded player; Firmino is best know for his goalscoring and assisting from midfield and was a key player for Hoffenheim. A fee of £29.7m was high but with big sales come big fees and City did not want to miss out on a player who can player anywhere in the final third.
Ander Herrera £8.7m from Manchester United
Certainly the most controversial signing, and not just because he was making the move from fierce rivals Manchester United, Ander Herrera eventually moved to City after a very messy transfer situation occurred between the two clubs. With United not wishing to further damage an already difficult relationship Herrera was seen as an olive branch between the two clubs. With Herrera being a favourite of the City manager the clubs now have a very good working relationship.
Aaron Ramsey £20m from Arsenal
Another young British signing Aaron Ramsey has come back from injury very well and is starting to show signs of becoming a very good player. The 24 year old Welshman has everything you want from a CM, energy, determination and the ability to pass and score so when Arsenal announced that Ramsey would be leaving for the first club to offer £20m City reacted very quickly to secure his signature.
Benedikt Howedes £29.6m from FC Schalke 04
Yet to arrive, but on his way, Benedikt Howedes was exactly the target City were hoping to secure. The versatile German defender is well at ease across the back 4 and will slot in nicely alongside Vincent Kompany at the heart of the City defence. Not only does this bring instant quality to the side, but it also takes pressure of Varane, who will now share the CB role rather than being thrown in at the deep end.
Raheem Sterling £36.8m from Liverpool
A very expensive signing for City but a very promising one too. The fans were crying out for younger English players in midfield, and with the fans being very fickle and not content with Walcott 26 and Ramsey 24 (Welsh) the club knew that only one name would satisfy their cravings. Enter Sterling, the pacey, technically superb, young midfielder is comfortable out wide, as a No10 or even as a striker, something the club felt would be crucial for the coming season. Having beaten off interest from some other very big clubs, City are delighted to have gotten exactly what they wanted out of this transfer window from clubs outside the competition.