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Who are Manchester City’s record signings? De Bruyne, Walker and the club’s top 10

July 14, 2017 3:00 PM
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Who are Manchester City’s record signings? De Bruyne, Walker and the club’s top 10

Manchester City have been transformed into a global heavyweight since the arrival of Sheikh Mansour, with big-money being pumped into a squad that now has two Premier League titles to its name. Who, though, are the club’s most elaborate purchases? Goal takes a look at the top 10...

Snapped up from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015 having rebuilt his career in Germany following a forgettable spell at Chelsea in which he was starved of regular first-team outings.

Considered to be the pick of an emerging crop of English defenders after breaking through at Barnsley and furthering his career at Everton.

Capped 27 times by England, Walker will look to fill the void left by the departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.

Completed a controversial switch to the Etihad Stadium in 2015 after making it clear to those at Liverpool that he no longer wished to be part of the long-term project at Anfield.

Has faced accusations of lacking in end product at times, but has reached double figures in terms of goals scored in four successive seasons and his electric pace makes the England international a handful for any opponent.

Only three players under the age of 23 provided more assists in the 2016-17 season , with his creative talents being added to an already well-stocked pool in that department at the Etihad Stadium.

Considered to be quite a coup for City as they flexed their financial muscles once more in 2011 to land one of the deadliest strikers on the planet.

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Opted to join City after emerging as one of European football’s hottest prospects in his native Germany with Schalke.

Managed nine goals in his debut season in England, with his pace and trickery coming to the fore as he grew in confidence across the 2016-17 campaign.

Is yet to make a senior international appearance for Brazil, having previously graced their U23 side, but has time on his side at the age of 23 and will see Premier League and Champions League competition offer him a wider window to the world.

The first of City’s marquee signings, with a big-money switch from Real Madrid completed on the same day as Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group completed their purchase of the club.

Spells at Porto and Valencia allowed the Argentine to forge a career as one of the most sought-after centre-halves in world football.

City spent big to acquire his services in 2015 and while he has not always convinced during his time in the Premier League, he did see his form improve the longer he spent working with Pep Guardiola in 2016-17.

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Source: goal.com

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