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Man City Show Intent With Second Big Money Move Of The Summer

Pep Guardiola is showing he, and Manchester City as whole, mean business as they step up their preparations for the new Premier League season.

The club have already made their second signing of the summer transfer window and have also had an outflow of players going the opposite direction.

Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Jesus Navas and Willy Caballero have all left the club in what is looking to be a real squad shake up by manager Pep Guardiola. A disappointing first season in charge saw his search for silverware come up short. Another season without a trophy may see a premature end to his time at the reigns of the Manchester club.

With this in mind, he has not wasted any time in preparing for the 2017/18 season. Two big money transfers have seen over over £70 million being spent by the club, a signal of intent perhaps, as to what may be in store for a new look Manchester City.

The most recent of these signings was announced yesterday through the club’s social media pages. The club have completed the signing of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for a substantial fee of €40 million. The deal took a bit longer than expected due to a third party ownership issue that had to be resolved.

The player will officially join the club when the transfer window is opened on July 1. The player is tied down to the club with a six-year contract that sees him staying with City until the Summer of 2023 – by which time the shot stopper will be 29 years old.

Ederson’s transfer to the Premier League sees him become the second most expensive goalkeeper of all time, only outdone by Juventus’ Gianluigi Buffon.

This new signing of Ederson coupled with the transfer of Bernardo Silva to Man City two weeks ago brings spending up to about €90 million. The transfer of Silva could see that figure rise to around €110 million with performance related add-ons.

These two transfers in relatively quick succession are no doubt displaying the way in which Guardiola wants to proceed with City. He is showing that he’s not afraid to spend money and that he wants to bring success to the club, irrespective of the cost.

Conor Daly, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.