Manchester City ‘broken Premier League record for player sales in summer window’


Manchester City have broken a Premier League record by raising the most money from player sales in a single summer transfer window, according to a report.

Manchester City have broken a Premier League record by raising the most money from player sales during the summer transfer window, according to a report.

After securing their fourth league title in five seasons in 2021-22, Pep GuardiolaThe team has had a busy summer of ins and outs at the Etihad Stadium.

Following the arrival in January of Julian Alvarez for around £14.2m from River Plate, Erling Braut Haaland became City’s first summer signing after activating the striker’s £51million release clause in his contract with Borussia Dortmund.

Goalkeeper Stefan Ortega then followed by a free transfer from Arminia Bielefeld, before the midfielder Kalvin Phillips completed his change of Leeds United for an initial fee of around £42 million.

Despite spending almost £100m this summer, and with at least one other signing potentially still to come amid left-back interest Marc CucurellaCity should end the window with a significant net profit.

According The sunCity recouped £174m from sales of 10 players, breaking a Premier League record for the summer window, previously set by chelsea five years ago when they raised £166m.

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The three notable departures from the Etihad Stadium were Rahim Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenkothe last two joining Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.

Jesus became City’s first big deal for £45m, before Zinchenko followed the Brazilian to north London in a deal worth up to £32m.

Sterling, meanwhile, ended his trophy-laden seven-year spell with the Citizens to join Chelsea for an initial fee of £47.5million.

City also recouped £29m from sales of highly rated youngsters Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Laviawho both joined Southampton.

Spanish right-back Pedro Porro was one of the first sales made by City this summer, with the 22-year-old deciding to join Sporting Lisbon on a permanent deal worth £7m after a successful loan spell with the Portuguese giants last season last.

Eighteen-year-old midfielder Darko Gyabi and Japan International Koh Itakura joined Leeds and Borussia Mönchengladbach respectively for £5m each, while Vincent Kompany‘s Burnley have recruited Arijanet Muric and CJ Egan Riley for a combined fee of £3.5 million.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured on July 23, 2022© Reuters

Despite all these departures, there are apparently no signs of a slowdown in City’s transfer business as The sun adds that a number of other first-team and youth players could be heading for the exit door this summer.

Teenage winger Samuel Edozie is about to join Bayer Leverkusen for around £10m, although Southampton are reportedly hoping to hijack the deal.

Back Issa Kaborewho spent last season on loan at French side Troyes, has attracted interest from Nottingham Forestthe newly promoted Premier League club reportedly saw an £8m bid rejected for the 21-year-old earlier in the window.

Meanwhile, City could receive up to £8m from potential sales of the Leeds winger Jack Harrisson and Hellas Verona Midfielder Ivan Ilic – who have been linked to Newcastle United and Lazio respectively – due to the sell clauses the Citizens have for both players.

Including the £55million sale of Ferran Torres in Barcelona in January, City also broke the record for the most money generated from player sales in a calendar year, again breaking Chelsea’s record from 2017.

Despite a major overhaul of the team overseen by the city president Khaldoon Al Mubarakthe Premier League champions are still seen as the bookmakers’ favorites to retain their top-flight crown, while they are also among the favorites to lift the Champions League, a competition that still eludes them.

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