Man City's 10 biggest sales of all time

James Shearman 13 Sep 2022 13:03 BST
Raheem Sterling, Manchester City, 2021/22

Sheikh Mansour took over Manchester City in 2008, and has subsequently spent astronomical sums of money.

Man City have not made as many huge sales as their rivals during their period of dominance in English football.

They have, however, still made some massive offloads - including the £45 million sale of Gabriel Jesus to Arsenal and £47.3m deal with Chelsea for Raheem Sterling during the summer of 2022.

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

10. 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.

9. 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 managed after he left.

8. 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.

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

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.

6. Oleksandr Zinchenko - £32m (Arsenal, 2022)
Oleksandr Zinchenko signs his Arsenal contract

Arsenal's signing of Oleksandr Zinchenko from Manchester City in 2022 represented a shrewd signing of a versatile international with a host of trophies to his name.

Zinchenko was brought in as someone who can play at left-back and in midfield as well as being a familar name to Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who coached the player during his time at City.

The Ukrainian only cost City £1.5m when he joined in 2016, giving City huge profit on a player who was never more than a squad option and was entering the final two years of his contract.

5. 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, that Joao Cancelo moved to City from Juventus in the same window in what was really a swap deal. While Danilo proved average at Juve, Cancelo has been a world-class performer in Manchester.

4. 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.

3. Gabriel Jesus - £45m (Arsenal, 2022)

Gabriel Jesus had a peculiar six-year spell at Manchester City. He arrived as one of the most exciting young talents in Brazilian football and he was profilic during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons, scoring 44 goals in total.

However, Jesus never quite nailed down a regular starting shirt or a regular position, being deployed all across the frontline.

Gabriel Jesus, Man City, 2021-22

His chances and goals decreased as time wore on and he became surplus to requirements when City sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2022.

With just one year left on his contract, City sold him to Arsenal for a respectable £45m.

2. Raheem Sterling - £47.3m (Chelsea, 2022)

Raheem Sterling may not be remembered as one of Manchester City's greatest players, but he deserves to be.

In his seven years at the club, he scored 131 goals and won four Premier League titles.

He played a pivotal role in those triumphs and was one of the best dribblers and wingers in the world.

He was sold to Chelsea for a good price given he only had one year left on his contract and it was time for a change.

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.