Manchester City Transfers

Manchester City has only just begun this season’s transfer business with only outgoing deals so far. Every team’s transfer news is available from our Premier League Team Primer! We’ll link to all our transfer write-ups and the latest Manchester City transfer news! If you believe the hype around this transfer window, you should probably visit often (nudge nudge).

Manchester City transfers (incoming):

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Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernández ($80M from Atletico Madrid): Manchester City continues to make marquee transfers even after winning the Premier League in back to back seasons. Rodri is another example of this; the primarily-defensive midfielder emerged into a starter at Atletico Madrid before making his way to the blue side of Manchester. He made 47 total appearances for Atletico contributing three goals and an assist. However, arguably, the most crucial side of his game is on the defense. He is averaging three successful tackles, two clearances and more than an interception per game. Sometimes he will add to the attacking side of the ball, but those are mostly “bonus” statistics rather than a game-to-game expectation. I assume that Rodri will usurp some playing time from Ilkay Gundogan at the least if he doesn’t replace him entirely. When Pep Guardiola has played with a defensive midfielder, it’s often been Gundogan. This should be an addition to an already stacked team; they might even be on the verge of three-peat territory.

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Angeliño ($15M from PSV Eindhoven): The left-back comes from PSV Eindhoven in strange circumstances. He was sold to PSV Eindhoven from the Manchester City U23 team last season. Now they are transferring him back, at a loss of $7M. Benjamin Mendy likely has this left-back position to start the season, but it will be his to lose. Angeliño was absolutely magical for the Dutch-side. He appeared in 43 total matches for PSV, where he performed admirably from a defensive standpoint and in addition, he provided one goal and twelve assists. And his offensive production is not at the cost of his defensive capabilities. He averages two successful tackles, two clearances, and nearly 1.5 interceptions per game to go with all of the strengths he brings offensively. Angeliño looks like he has a very bright future, and although I think Mendy will be the favorite to start the position. If it remains, Mendy’s will be entirely up to Angeliño.

 

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Zack Steffen ($10M from Columbus Crew): Steffen is the current United States Men’s National Team number one keeper. He’s earned it throughout several seasons with the Columbus Crew before making the fourth most expensive exit from Major League Soccer. Steffen made 84 appearances in the MLS, where across the regular season and playoffs he would manage 26 clean sheets. He’s only made 15 Men’s National Team senior appearances but keep in mind. He had Tim Howard and Brad Friedel, both Premier League and US keepers in front of him. In those 14 senior appearances, he’s allowed 12 goals (all but two in friendly matches) and finished runner up in the Gold Cup with two concessions. Also, he’s been able to keep eight clean sheets during that time. WIth Ederson already between the pipes, there were lots of questions about if Steffen would even see the pitch. If he does, I think he’s a steal at this price for Manchester City. Update: Steffen has been sent on a season-long loan to Fortuna Düsseldorf.

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Douglas Luiz (Return from Loan): Luiz was on loan at Girona last year, where he was a part of most of their matches. He missed only a few to injury, a couple to rest, and one to an international call up. Luiz plays more a ball-winning midfielder than a playmaker, and he did his job well. He contributed on both sides of the ball but wasn’t a particular threat (ok, he wasn’t a threat) on the offensive side other than in the build-up play. I don’t think Luiz will slide into the first team; this Manchester side is stacked in the midfield. This is especially true if Kevin de Bruyne can stay healthy, and there’s probably not room for Luiz right now. However, the 21-year-old made 27 appearances for more than 1,500 minutes on loan, so it should be a massive boost to his development. I think he’ll probably go out on loan again, though. Update: Luiz was sold to Aston Villa for $17M.

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Pablo Mari (Return from Loan): Mari was on loan to Deportivo de La Coruña where he played in 38 matches for the Liga 2 side. In addition to adding two goals to their cause, he played almost every minute for the club, averaging 86 minutes per appearance. Despite how good he’s been playing, I think the best he can hope for is to be kept with the first team to play as a rotation option. Although the center back position gets a little thinner with the departure of Kompany, however, it’s still absolutely stacked. Mari will be competing against Otamendi, Laporte, and Stones, and that only covers the first-team regulars. There’s a big step up in difficulty between the La Liga 2 and the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see how his play translates to a bigger stage. Update: Mari has moved to Flamengo for $1.7 M.

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Aleix Garcia (Return from Loan): Garcia made lots of appearances for Girona, but the minutes were not particularly high. He made 34 appearances for Girona, but he only averaged about 55 minutes per appearance. From a defensive midfield role, he added two goals and four assists (including two on Atletico Madrid). Even though he’s played well for the La Liga side, I think that the big-money acquisition of another player in his position from Atletico probably says a lot. He may have earned a spot in the squad, but he’ll probably only get back-up player minutes with Fernandinho and Rodri both in the side.

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Luka Ilic (Return from Loan): Ilic had a rough season overall on loan at NAC Breda. Ultimately, he missed almost half the available games due to an undisclosed injury. His season was really limited by fitness; he would make 18 appearances in all competitions but only for 953 minutes. In his limited minutes, though, he was able to provide two goals and three assists. For the back-to-back Premier League champions, this is not going to be enough to earn a spot. Ilic would have to contend with Kevin de Bruyne and David Silva who have both been in fantastic form. Ilic may end the transfer window with the club, but he’s not going to see much of the pitch; I think it’s more likely that he goes out on loan again.

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Erik Palmer-Brown (Return from Loan): Palmer-Brown played fairly regularly for NAC Breda, about half their matches in total. Despite playing in the Eredivisie, this side was grossly outmatched for large portions of the season. This is probably best indicated by their -45 goal differential or that they managed only 23 points throughout the season. I’m not sure that Palmer-Brown will ever find a role in this City side outside of a loanee or maybe a backup player. However, there’s still an opportunity for him to prove me wrong.

Manchester City transfers (outgoing):

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Fabian Delph ($11M transfer to Everton): Delph really has not been a substantial part of the Citizens since his arrival. Sure, he’s made appearances here and there, but 90 appearances over five years does not scream essential to me. If he hasn’t broken into the team by now, I don’t think it’s likely to happen. This will allow Delph to slide right into the first-team. I also think they’ve done well to cash in on Delph for this transfer fee.

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Vincent Kompany (Free Transfer to RSC Anderlecht): Kompany spent time as the Manchester City captain on the backline. As age has crept up on the 33-year old imposing center back, he was ultimately allowed to leave after his contract. Kompany struggled to find playing time last season appearing in 17 Premier League games, but with relatively few minutes. He’s been a significant part of this team holding down the fort, and both he and the supporters should have fond memories of his tenure. Kompany will return to his boyhood club RSC Anderlecht from whom he departed 16 years ago to the day.

 

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Philippe Sandler (loan to RSC Anderlecht): Sandler comes from the fabled Ajax youth academy. He would move to PEC Zwolle for two years before Man City snapped him up for $3M. He spent all of last season on the blue side of Manchester. However, he succumbed to a knee injury. Most of the season would be spent in physical therapy and making a handful of appearances for the reserves side. Anderlecht should give him a solid opportunity to fight for the first-team playing time and, hopefully, to perform well when the opportunities arise.

 

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Jack Harrison (Loan): Harrison joined up with the Citizens back in 2017 by way of the MLS. He would remain in Manchester only a short time before heading to Middlesbrough on loan. Six months after that, he was sent on a loan to Leeds. Harrison made 42 appearances for Leeds last season with four goals and four assists. All parties have agreed for the loan to be extended another year. I’ve seen rumors suggesting that Harrison might end up with Leeds permanently.

 

 

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Patrick Roberts (Loan): Roberts joined City back in 2015 for about $8M. Since then though he’s been a permanent loanee with two spells at Celtic, one with Girona, and one this coming season with Norwich. With Norwich joining the Premier League again this season; it might be an opportunity for Roberts to showcase why he should be a part of the first team going forward.

 

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Luke Brattan (Return from Loan/Free transfer to Sydney FC): Brattan spent a few years with Manchester City from Australian-side Brisbane. After arriving he would spend time on loan at Bolton and Melbourne before eventually being released. I think it was a great opportunity for the youngster to train with the squad, but I don’t think his future is at the Premier League level. Update: Brattain moved to Sydney FC.

 

 

 

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Anthony Caceres (Return from Loan/Free Transfer to Sydney FC): Caceres was last sent on loan to Sydney FC in January 2019, and will ultimately end up joining them as a free transfer. Caceres was another of the youth prospects that didn’t seem to pan out to quite the level that City was hoping for. He was a long-term loanee, often to Australia, where he began his youth career and is likely to finish his professional career. The player seems at home in his native Australia. He also seemingly has no way into contention of a starting/bench role with the first team, I think this is the ultimately the best of both worlds.

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Arijanet Muric (loan to Nottingham Forest): This goalkeeper came up through the Grasshoppers and then Manchester City youth system. The 20-year old has been out on loan for most of his career here. He’s gone out to the Eredivisie and now the Championship. This should be good for the youngster to get some time at the second-highest level. This loan will likely determine his future with the club.

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Tosin Adarabioyo (Loan to Blackburn): Adarabioyo is a Man City youth graduate. After being promoted to the youth team, he’s gone on two separate ones, both to Championship clubs. While on loan with West Bromwich Albion last season he made 29 appearances with two assists. He was a stalwart for the promotion contenders previous season. However, Blackburn finished much lower. This is another opportunity for the highly-rated youngster to continue his development.

Last Updated: July 10, 2019