Man City Have Spent Almost R5bn On Defensive Signings Since 2014
Manchester City Have Spent Almost R5bn On Defensive Signings Since 2014
Pep Guardiola's most recent signings, including Benjamin Mendy, means Manchester City have now reportedly spent nearly £300 million (R5 billion) on defensive signings since 2014.
Click through the gallery above to see the nine defensive signings who have cost City about R5 billion, according to the Daily Mail.
Guardiola might come under pressure next season at City as the club he joined last year has now splashed just under than £300 million (R5 billion) on defensive players since 2014.
Of the nine signings in the gallery, Eliaquim Mangala has been contracted to the club the longest, after his move from Valencia to City for £32 million (R387 million) in 2014. The centre back failed to impress in his debut season, and was loaned out to his former club last season, although he has returned to England for pre-season training.
Argentina international Nicolas Otamendi joined the Citizens for the same amount in 2015, but has found himself in and out of the side at times. According to the Daily Mail, John Stones signed from Everton for £47 million (R792 million) in 2016, a deal that made him the most expensive defender signing in history at the time.
Goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli signed for Guardiola's side in the same window for £4 million (R67 million), but left permanently for Real Sociedad just six months later, reportedly because he wants as much first team football as possible ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Claudio Bravo also signed from FC Barcelona at the beginning of last season, for a fee believed to be about £15 million (R252 million), but received some major criticism for some of his performances in 2016/17.
In this transfer window, Guardiola has secured the signings of four defensive players ahead of the 2017/18 campaign – three fullbacks and a goalkeeper. Kyle Walker was signed from Tottenham Hotspur for £54 million (R876 million), according to the report, while Danilo has been brought in from Real Madrid for £27 million (R455 million).
Benjamin Mendy was the latest defender lured to the club, for about £52 million (R876 million), while Ederson is said to be Guardiola's new first team shot-stopper after being signed from Benfica for £35 million (R589 million).
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