Manchester City wasted no time. If the formation coached by Pep Guardiola managed, not without difficulty, to retain its crown of champion of England at the end of the 2021-2022 season, it however still failed on the European scene. The Cityzens, unfortunate finalists of the previous edition, indeed took the door in the semi-finals against the future winner of the competition, Real Madrid. Another disappointment for the Catalan technician, who has struggled to shine in Europe since leaving FC Barcelona. Enough to motivate the residents of the Etihad Stadium even more for next year.
Because Guardiola intends to silence, once and for all, his detractors. Man City is aware that this requires, in particular, quality recruitment. Difficult, at this level, to say that things started badly for the English team. After spending €21 million to buy the Argentinian nugget of River Plate Julian Alvarez, who will join England this summer, the Sky Blues hit hard by enlisting Erling Haaland, whose release clause with the BvB amounted to 75 M€. Weighty reinforcements expected since the departure of Sergio Agüero, who was never replaced, especially since Gabriel Jesus should change scenery in the coming weeks.
Man City could hit the jackpot this summer
Speaking of leaving, it is precisely a phenomenon that could gain momentum during this summer transfer window in the ranks of Cityzens. As explained The Telegraph, it is nearly 230 M€ which could come to bail out the coffers of the Mancunian leaders! The transfer of Ferran Torres, sold last January to Barça, could climb to 63 M€ thanks to various bonuses. Current Brazilian number 9 Gabriel Jesus is expected to earn him around €58m at the English club, while there is talk of a €70m transfer for Raheem Sterling, who has just one year left on his contract and is also announced on departure.
As for the less prominent players, the Irish international goalkeeper, Gavin Bazunu, is of interest to Southampton. His price is valued at just over €17m, while Yangel Herrera and young Morgan Rogers, respectively loaned to Espanyol and Bournemouth last year, could between them bring in €23m. Add to that the €8 million already received for the sale of Pedro Porro to Sporting, and you get an amount of around €240 million. But that’s not all.
In the event of an attractive offer, Oleksandr Zinchenko (tracked by Arsenal and West Ham), Nathan Aké (on the shelves of Newcastle in particular) or even Ilkay Gundogan (at the end of the contract in June 2023) should not be retained by Pep Guardiola. . Enough to cushion the recent acquisitions, made by Manchester City, which intends, despite everything, to reinvest this money, in particular on Kalvin Phillips (Leeds claims around 70 M€) or Marc Cucurella (Brighton, transfer estimated at 58 M€) . The summer promises to be very eventful in Manchester.