Manchester City is the latest addition to one of football’s best clubs this century, having received huge investments in coach and player talents from new owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan who bought the team for £210 million in 2008. From the likes of Sergio Aguero to Pep Guardiola, let’s take a look back at some of City’s best signings of all time.
Pep Guardiola 2017– Signed £15.3 million a year
One of the more recent clubs to advance to the top of the tables in Europe, Man City are quickly becoming a dominant force under the leadership of Guardiola. Hired in the 2016-17 season for £15.3 million a year, Guardiola has already won the Premier League with a record-breaking 100 points, 19 points above second-place Manchester United. While there seem to be little obstacles to his team in the Premier League, his next challenge is winning the Champions League.
Sergio Aguero 2011– Signed from Atlético Madrid for a £35 million fee
Considered one of the best players to don the sky blue shirt, Sergio Aguero is the team’s record goalscorer with 146 Premiership goals. In his first year with the side, he famously scored the game-winning goal in the 94th minute to beat Queens Park Rangers and win the Premier League over Manchester United. With three Premier League titles and three League Cups under his belt, Aguero looks to add more his trophy vault this year.
David Silva 2010– Signed from Valencia for £25 million
The Manchester City maestro continues to shine in this his 9th season with the club. It’s no mistake that City has seen some of its most successful years since the Spaniard’s arrival — 1 FA Cup, 3 Premiership titles, 3 League Cups, and 1 English Super Cup. In Silva’s 253 Premier League appearances for the club, he’s scored 50 goals and notched 75 assists.
Yaya Toure 2010– from Barcelona for £24 million
A towering box-to-box midfielder, Yaya Toure put Man City back into the spotlight by leading the side to an FA Cup win 2011 after a 35-year trophy drought. The rest is history — the Ivorian footballer is a 3-time Premier League Champion, a 3-time English League Cup Winner along with an English Super Cup trophy.
Vincent Kompany 2008– from Hamburger SV for an undisclosed fee
The Belgium center back has been at Man City for over a decade, providing a fortress of defense for the side. In 336 caps, the captain has helped lead the team to 3 Premiership titles, 1 FA Cup, two Community Shields.
Kevin de Bruyne 2015–from Wolfsburg for £54 million
A two-time FA Cup Winner and Premier League champion, Kevin de Bruyne won Player of the year for his stellar 2017 – 2018 season where he scored 12 goals and bagged 21 assists. The ultimate midfield creator is looking to repeat last year’s fantastic run.
Carlos Tevez 2009– from Manchester United for £47 million
The Argentine striker Carlos Tevez played four years with Man City, where he made 113 domestic appearances and bagged 58 Premier League goals. Leveraging both his pace and tenacity, Tevez helped Man City to one league title and FA Cup each.
Pablo Zabaleta 2008– from Espanyol for £6.45 million
The right-back Pablo Zabaleta earned over 200 caps with Man City, winning 2 Premier Leagues, an FA Cup, 2 English Cups, along with English Super Cup trophy. Known as the heartbeat of the club, the once Man City captain will always be remembered in City history.
Edin Dzeko 2011– from VfL Wolfsburg for £27 million
The Bosnian striker Edin Dzeko played 5 seasons with Man City, making 130 appearances and scoring 50 times. He played an indispensable role in one of City’s most successful runs in history, helping the team win the league twice, along with an FA Cup, a League Cup, and a Super Cup.
Raheem Sterling 2015– from Liverpool for £44 million
The 24-year old winger and attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling starred on the Manchester City team that won the Premier League in the 2017/18 season. With 48 goals in 151 matches, the pacy dribbler poses his biggest threat on the wing.
Riyad Mahrez 2018– from Leicester City for £60 million
Manchester City’s most recent signing, Riyad Mahrez, came to the club for a record transfer fee of £60 million. The Algerian winger already has seven goals in 23 games with the club. He looks to bring the team its first Champions League trophy this year.