Sheikh Mansour’s arrival at the Etihad Stadium has led to a number of big-money deals being completed in recent years, in all areas of the pitch
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…
KEVIN DE BRUYNE – £54m
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.
Returned to England as one of European football’s top creative talents and nobody provided more Premier League assists in 2016-17 than the 18 managed by City’s Belgium international.
JOHN STONES – £47.5m
Considered to be the pick of an emerging crop of English defenders after breaking through at Barnsley and furthering his career at Everton.
Can often be accused of over-playing, which has remained an issue within his game since joining City in 2016, but still has plenty of scope for development as he gets more important minutes under his belt with club and country.
KYLE WALKER – £45m
Kyle Walker moved from London to Manchester for a record-fee for a full-back after eight seasons with Tottenham.
Capped 27 times by England, Walker will look to fill the void left by the departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna.
RAHEEM STERLING – £44m
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.
BERNARDO SILVA – £43m
Was unable to make the impact he had hoped for at boyhood club Benfica, but saw his potential unlocked in France with Monaco to earn himself a big-money move to England.
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.
SERGIO AGUERO – £38m
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.
The Argentina international settled immediately in new surroundings, netting twice on his debut, and has now found the target 169 times in just 253 appearances for the club – with the Blues eager to rubbish rumours suggesting that he could soon be heading to pastures new.
LEROY SANE – £37m
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.
EDERSON – £34.2m
Became the world’s most expensive goalkeeper in the summer of 2017 as City sought further reinforcements in a key area of the field – with a gamble on Claudio Bravo failing to pay off.
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.
ROBINHO – £32.5m
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.
Looked bright initially, but never really got to grips with the British game and weather and returned to former club Santos on loan in January 2010 after just 16 months at the Etihad Stadium.
NICOLAS OTAMENDI – £32m
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.