Man City could complete sensational transfer window with four signings for £0 net spend – Joe Bray

Almost a month after Manchester City won the Premier League title, their transfer business looks to be heating up as they try to add to two impressive signings already.

Erling Haaland is the headline transfer, arriving for a £51m fee, courtesy of his Borussia Dortmund release clause, that already appears to be very good value for money. Julian Alvarez was a low-key signing in January, for just £14m, and he has given City plenty to be excited about with his form for River Plate while back on loan.

Both Haaland and Alvarez will join up with City in pre-season, while chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak promised more signings to follow. A defensive midfielder and left-back appear to be the priority areas, with some departures possibly offsetting the money spent. In fact, City could even go as far as ending the summer with a net spend of close to zero if they can negotiate well.

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As it stands, City have spent £65m on Haaland and Alvarez, and could spend as much as £100m, if reports are to be believed, on Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips and Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella.

Whether it is Phillips and Cucurella or other players, finding quality replacements in two key areas won’t come cheap, so if City did spend £160m on incomings it would feel believable.

City have already earned £8m from the permanent sale of Pedro Porro to Sporting, and could get up to £15m more following the sale of Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu to Southampton.

Gabriel Jesus is said to be valued at around £50m as Arsenal continue to be linked with the City No.9. It would be a shame to lose one of City’s most hard-working and underrated players, but his game time will be further limited by the arrival of the two new strikers, so it could be a good time to part ways if he can bring in a similar fee to the one spent to sign Haaland.

If Jesus goes, City would then have to find around £90m more to generate that £160m of incomings – or more simply, City would be around that zero net spend ahead of any further additions after Haaland and Alvarez.

Say those new signings cost as much as £100m, City may look to Raheem Sterling or Bernardo Silva. Both forwards continue to be linked with exits, and would command large transfer fees to help get to that total. Like Jesus, they may find game time reduced next season, and have spoken of their own personal desires to either experience new leagues or in Bernardo’s case, of homesickness.

Other player sales from the academy or City Football Group – like Ko Itakura or Yangel Herrera – could also help boost that transfer budget, so if City want to, they could potentially end the summer earning as much as they have spent. Even if they don’t, they know they are one sale of a senior player away from paying for Haaland, and have the capability of doing the same with any further incomings.



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