Since their takeover in 2008, Manchester City have often been slated for flexing their financial muscle in the market.
So much so that critics amongst both fans and pundits alike have put down the club’s success to merely a case of outspending their competition.
Ahead of the 2022/23 season, the Sky Blues have typically silenced their critics, as their business savvy ways have come to the fore once again.
Ranging from established players to academy and CFG fringes, the club has done a marvelous job regaining some value while many of their rivals continue to struggle to negotiate ins and outs.
Raheem Sterling’s £47.5m move to Chelsea as well as the £45m and £32m deal that saw Gabriel Jesus and Zinchenko leave the Etihad for Arsenal, is the latest example of City being able to trade players out for a significant fee having already recruited a replacement without breaking the bank to do so.
While the Sterling, Jesus and Zinchenko deals have generated the bulk of the incoming funds, City have somehow been able to raise £49.5m by offloading seven players who have never appeared in the Premier League for Guardiola’s team.
Gavin Bazunu (£15m, Southampton), Romeo Lavia (£14m, Southampton), Pedro Porro (£7m, Sporting CP), Darko Gyabi (£5m, Leeds United), Kou Itakura (£5m, Dortmund), Aro Muric (£2.5 Burnley), CJ Egan-Riley (£1, Burnley) have all left City for significant fees this summer, and it all adds up.
According to Martin Blackburn of the Sun, Manchester City’s player sales this summer amounting to £174M is the largest amount raised in a single summer in Premier League history.
As per the report, Adding the £55M earned through Ferran Torres in January and it is also a British record for a calendar year beating the £166 million mark which poured into Chelsea’s coffers back in 2017.
The report was shared on Twitter by City Xtra and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters.
“But you’ll still hear the salty ones say city ruining football 💀.”
“We’re too good at this net spend trophy thing.”
“Txiki took the net spent trophy seriously.”
“Anyone who still has “Txiki out” in their bios needs a reality check asap.”
“That’s great, do you know what’s also great? A left back.”
“All this money and can’t bid for Cucurella….”
“Now Txiki needs to splash it on Cucurella.”