Man City's 10 biggest sales of all time

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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 have kept hold 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, a benefit to having a net worth of around £30billion, perhaps?

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

10. Javi Garcia - £14m (Zenit St. Petersburg, 2014)

A product of Real Madrid's youth system, Javi Garcia spent two seasons at Manchester City but failed to make much of an impact.

The Spaniard enjoyed regular playing time at the Etihad, both in midfield and in defence, but his sale to Zenit St. Petersburg tells you everything you need to know about the level he was at.

A headed goal on debut from a Carlos Tevez free-kick perhaps the highlight of his time in the Premier League.

9. 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.

Though hindsight is kind on this sale as Diaz has failed to impress since his departure while another youngster, by the name of Phil Foden, has made the step up from youth to first-team football look incredibly easy.

8. 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 is no game-changer, a solid rotation option, that also happened to come through the academy, is role he could have played.

Benjamin Mendy has impressed in parts but his reliability is a huge question and could see the club spent tens of millions on a challenger for Oleksandr Zinchenko's spot when they had one ready-made.

7. 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 his part to play in arguably the greatest 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.

6. 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.

5. 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 is a decent sum for an unproven striker, the Nigerian's form towards the end of the 2020-21 season for Leicester City goes to show that he can compete at the highest level.

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

4. 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 latest title success, the Spaniard's play 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.

3. 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 Blues' 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.

2. Danilo - £32m (Juventus, 2019)

Danilo is a player that Europe's elite clubs continue to take a gamble on, and it never 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, resulting in an unlikely profit on the Brazilian international.

1. 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, and is therefore worthy of being Man City's all-time most expensive sale.