Man City's 10 biggest sales of all time

Ferran Torres, Man City, 2021-22

Sheikh Mansour took over Manchester City in 2008, and while the club has spent astronomical sums of money since then, they have been unable to recoup much of that from player sales.

This is because City often kept hold of many of their expensive signings, such as Sergio Aguero and David Silva, until beyond their prime, and then released them as free agents.

Whereas, other clubs would be forced to cash in on individuals before they enter the twilight years of their career, this is not the same for the state-owned Man City.

Indeed, City's run of expensive signings and relatively cheap sales has led them to a dynastic reign over English football.

They have, however, made some huge sales with Ferran Torres their club record sale.

Football Transfers runs down the 10 highest transfer fees Man City have received.

10. Brahim Diaz - £15m (Real Madrid, 2018)

Brahim Diaz came through Manchester City's state-of-the-art youth system and was touted to make his way into manager Pep Guardiola's plans.

However, with just a year left on his contract, and Real Madrid knocking on his door, City agreed to sell to Los Blancos for a small fee for such a bright talent.

Brahim Diaz didn't initially shine at Madrid but he has since shown on loan at AC Milan that he has it takes to be a top player.

9. Angelino - £15m (RB Leipzig, 2021)

A surprising sale in the weakest area of Pep Guardiola's star-studded squad - the left-back position.

While Angelino was no game-changer - a solid rotation option that also happened to come through the academy - his was a role he could have played in.

8. Mario Balotelli - £17m (AC Milan, 2012)

'Why always me?,' read the infamous top Mario Balotelli wore in Manchester City's 6-1 thrashing over Manchester United.

A celebration for the ages, if you could captivate everything the Italian stood for in one moment - it was that. But don't forget the part he played in arguably the most dramatic goal of the Premier League era, scored by Sergio Aguero of course.

A divisive player and personality, it's hard to describe his stay as any other word than chaos.

7. Robinho - £18m (AC Milan, 2010)

On deadline day in 2008, Robinho was signed within hours of the Abu Dhabi Investment Group taking over the club.

And with the flair of a typical Brazilian talent, the ex-Real Madrid star arrived with lofty expectations and created immense intrigue among the City faithful.

Fourteen goals in his first Premier League season made for an encouraging start, but injuries ruled him out for large parts of the following season and led to his disappointing departure.

6. Kelechi Iheanacho - £24m (Leicester City, 2017)

In what appears a theme under Sheikh Mansour's reign, Iheanacho was an academy graduate sold in favour of a more exciting name, and in this case it's fair to say prematurely.

Although £24m was a decent sum for an unproven striker, the Nigerian has since demonstrated at Leicester that he could have been useful for City.

There is a debate to be had that Iheanacho could have provided similar, if not better, goal returns than Gabriel Jesus has managed.

5. Alvaro Negredo - £24m (Valencia, 2015)

Alvaro Negredo operated as one of a number of talented Man City strikers in the 2013-14 season, yet still scored 23 goals in all competitions.

In a target man role, unlike that of star player Sergio Aguero # or the 'false nine' used in City's later title successes under Guardiola, Negredo's playing style was more suited to Sam Allardyce or Sean Dyche's football methods but he made it work, to his credit.

And in a rare case, City received more for the forward than they paid Sevilla to acquire him.

4. Shaun Wright-Phillips - £27m (Chelsea, 2005)

The most expensive English sale in Man City's history, by a distance, Shaun Wright-Phillips left for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on the back of his best goal scoring season at the club.

An exciting winger no doubt, this sill has to go down as an impressive piece of business.

As part of Roman Abramovich's spending spree, the Cityzens received a very generous sum for a player they then re-signed three years later for around £8.5m, and then restored to the England squad he had been dropped from.

3. Danilo - £32m (Juventus, 2019)

Danilo is a player that Europe's elite clubs continue to take a gamble on, and it rarely pays off.

Unwanted at Real Madrid, City signed the full-back for a reported £26.5m, who ended up fighting for a place in Guardiola's team with former Villa midfielder Fabian Delph of all people.

Yet after an unspectacular two seasons in the Premier League, Juventus were somehow convinced to pay around £32m to take him off City's hands. It should be noted, also, than Joao Cancelo moved to City from Juventus in the same window and proved a success.

2. Leroy Sane - £39m (Bayern Munich, 2020)

Leroy Sane is an unfortunate case of what could have been.

Under the guidance of Pep Guardiola, Sane had made strides in becoming one of the world's most lethal inside forwards, but an ACL injury kept the young German out for the best part of a year.

Wanting a fresh start, Sane left for Bayern Munich the following summer, after refusing to sign a contract extension, in a deal much less than what was expected pre-injury.

Sane helped bring two Premier League titles to the Etihad stadium.

1. Ferran Torres - £55m (Barcelona, 2022)

Many Manchester City fans were disappointed to see Ferran Torres leave in the January 2022 transfer window as he was a player who suggested he could become one of the best in Europe in his role.

Having arrived at the Etihad in the summer of 2020 from Valencia, Torres was deployed in a number of different positions - including on the wing and in a false 9 role.

He scored a respectable 16 goals in all competitions but made it clear that he was desperate to return to Spain when Barcelona tabled a bid of £46m plus £9m in add-ons.

Pep Guardiola refused to stand in his way and the 21-year-old made his move. He won the Premier League and an EFL Cup at the club and fetched City a very healthy profit.