Manchester City will have some new faces in the flock and familiar names in the cold as they set out to win a fifth Premier League title in six seasons.
Fernandinho is gone and Oleksandr Zinchenko should follow, while Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez are the players heading to the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
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Will the new plays help Man City hold onto the Premier League and chase the last jewel in their infinite glove, the Champions League title?
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Below we round up the latest deals done, reports and rumors and give our analysis of Manchester City transfer news as Joe Prince-Wright (JPW), Nicholas Mendola (NM) and Andy Edwards (AE) guide you through the hectic months ahead will.
Manchester City 2022-23 confirmed transfers and signings
Erling Haaland – Borussia Dortmund ($80m) – MORE
Julian Alvarez – River Plate ($17 million)
Stefan Ortega-Moreno – Arminia Bielefeld (free transfer)
Fernandinho (end of contract)
Gavin Bazunu – Southampton ($14.75 million)
Taylor Harwood-Bellis – Burnley (loan)
CJ Egan-Riley – Burnley (Free Agent)
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Jul.4 – Kalvin Phillips completes move to Man City
England international Kalvin Phillips has switched his youth club Leeds to Manchester City as the move initially costs $54.7million. Phillips is Fernandinho’s long-term replacement and will bring steel, creativity and class to City’s engine room. This seems to suit Pep Guardiola very well and the transfer fee is pretty decent too. Perhaps this was influenced by Phillips having a tough 2021-22 season as he spent most of it injured. Regardless of those struggles, the Yorkshire Pirlo has an incredible range of passing and should fit in very well alongside Rodri to give City’s stable of wonderful attacking players plenty of license to roam freely. Phillips, 26, arrives at City in his prime and Guardiola will no doubt take his game to the next level. This is a very good deal for City and Phillips. (JPW)
“It’s one of the main reasons I wanted to come to City to improve my game in many different ways” 💬
– Manchester City (@ManCity) July 4, 2022
Jul.1 – Man City add goalkeepers ahead of Steffen loan
USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen was set to leave Manchester City on loan this season should the Citizens find a home for him.
It seems as if reports of Steffen joining Middlesbrough on loan in the Championship are legit as City have announced the signing of Stefan Ortega-Moreno on a three-year deal.
The unsigned 29-year-old played for Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga but saw the club relegated when he ended his contract. (NM)
Jul.1 – Vincent Kompany’s Burnley sign two defenders from Man City
It’s unsurprising to hear that new Burnley manager Vincent Kompany would be looking to Man City to bring the Clarets back to the Premier League.
City will join Turf Moor on a season-long loan for highly-rated centre-back Taylor Harwood-Bellis, 20, while CJ Egan-Riley joins the Clarets on a permanent deal.
England U-21 defender Harwood-Bellis started in double figures for Kompany’s Anderlecht last season before moving to Stoke City, where he recorded almost 2,000 minutes in the league in half a season. He has played eight times for City and scored one goal against Port Vale in the FA Cup.
Egan-Riley, 19, is also an England youth international and played three senior games for Man City last season (
Jun 24 – Arsenal, Man City agree on Gabriel Jesus’ transfer fee
Following the departures of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette in January and summer respectively, Arsenal appear to have filled their huge striker hole with a 25-year-old (four-time) Premier League champion: Gabriel Jesus. Fabricio Romano reported on Friday that Arsenal and Manchester City have agreed a $55.3m transfer fee for the Brazil international. All that remains is personal terms for a deal between Jesus and Arsenal to be agreed. (AE)
Jun 24 – Man City agree transfer fee, contract for Leeds’ Kalvin Phillips
Kalvin Phillips appears next in line to be announced at the Etihad Stadium after Manchester City reportedly reached an agreement with Leeds United for midfielder Kalvin Phillips. The fee will reportedly be $51.5 million (with an additional $2.5 million for add-ons).
Fabricio Romano has also reported that a deal has been agreed between Phillips and Man City.
Kalvin Phillips has already reached a personal agreement with Manchester City – as he has refused other clubs to work under Pep. Here we go. 🚨🔵🤝 #MCFC
Man City pay £42m, totaling almost £50m with add-ons.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 24, 2022
While Phillips is unlikely to play every game at Manchester City, his role in the squad will be very important – especially in a World Cup year and the unique challenges of having the season suspended mid-tournament in Qatar.
Pep Guardiola has almost certainly seen the need for a new defensive midfielder to spell out Rodri from time to time as Ilkay Gundogan turns 32 just after the start of the new season. Gundogan was fantastic for much of last season, including his two goals on the final day to complete City’s league-winning comeback, but Phillips’ impending arrival is likely to spell the end of the Germany international’s time at Manchester. (AE)
June 23 – Goalkeeper change involving Steffen, Stefan
Germany goalkeeper Stefan Ortega could become Manchester City’s No. 2 goalkeeper if Zack Steffen finds a transfer target to his liking, according to Sky Sports.
Ortega, 29, has spent much of his career at Arminia Bielefeld, who were relegated to Bundesliga 2 this season.
Steffen, meanwhile, might want to aim for a No 1 jersey this summer as Ederson is unlikely to lose his at Man City any time soon and the USMNT backstop is locked in a fight with Matt Turner to start at the 2022 World Cup.
The 27-year-old American cost City around $7 million to $8 million on his second trip abroad in 2019. He was previously on the books with Freiburg and Columbus Crew and played on loan from City to Fortuna Düsseldorf in the 2019/20 season (although Fortuna were relegated).
Steffen signed a contract extension through the 2024/25 season and Guardiola backed the USMNT man after a tough FA Cup semi-final. But moving away makes perfect sense, and maybe a loan would be a good fit? (NM).
Deal depends on Zack Steffen to find a good fix in the market but Ortega awaits City.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 23, 2022
Jun.22 – Real Madrid are serious about signing Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has both short-term (World Cup 2022) and long-term (the second half of his club career) ambitions to leave Manchester City this summer. There is interest in the Premier League (Chelsea) but the 27-year-old England international has equally, if not more, interesting opportunities abroad, with Real Madrid reportedly stepping up his interest.
Sterling has previously hinted he would like to play abroad at some point in his career, and what better time to do so than while still in the prime of his career, seemingly as fresh as ever having had his playing streak reduced has been at Man City for the past 18 months. (AE)
Jun 10 – Gabriel Jesus wants to move to the Premier League
According to Fabrizio Romano, Gabriel Jesus wants to move to another Premier League team. He has been linked with Arsenal while Tottenham are also said to be interested. With Erling Haaland (see below), Jesus will not be City’s first choice and he has been consistently very good over the past five years. However, the 25-year-old would be the main man at the helm of Arsenal and that certainly appeals to him rather than signing for another club where he is the back-up striker like he was at City after being overshadowed by Sergio Aguero season after season. (JPW)
Gabriel Jesus is moving to a Premier League club this summer – and not Real Madrid, as was announced two days ago. More will follow shortly. ⏳🇧🇷 #MCFC
Gabriel is set to leave Man City for sure, no changes expected. ⤵️ https://t.co/95u6gpqMRc
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 10, 2022
June 10 – Erling Haaland is on the way
The journey continues as Erling Haaland posts a photo of himself wearing a Man City shirt as a child ahead of his move to City, which will be completed on July 1. City previously agreed a fee for his signature with Borussia Dortmund and it is believed personal terms with Haaland would not pose an issue. It seems that everything is sorted now. Erling’s father Alf-Inge played for Man City and Haaland will follow in his father’s footsteps and play for the Premier League. However, this Haaland will lead City’s attack instead of cleaning up in midfield. (JPW)
To be continued… 🔜 💙 pic.twitter.com/zSbIHFMANT
— Erling Haaland (@ErlingHaaland) June 10, 2022
Jun.7 – Man City want $63m from Newcastle for Nathan Ake
Newcastle United are expected to sign for Manchester City centre-back Nathan Ake this summer but the Dutchman won’t come cheaply. Man City intend to get back all the $52m they paid for him two summers ago – plus a small profit on top. (AE)
June 2 – Marc Cucurella to Manchester City
He could have been Brighton and Hove Albion’s signing of the season but will Marc Cucurella’s stint at the Amex Stadium be limited to one season? Spanish socket El Desmark says a deal is in place to bring the ex-Barcelona left back to the Etihad Stadium. City need help on this side as Benjamin Mendy is in deep legal trouble and Oleksandr Zinchenko is looking for a new home. Cucurella has been fantastic in the Premier League and will likely have grown up admiring Barca hero Pep Guardiola. At $40m, this makes some sense as Brighton would step back into the position but be able to use a $20m+ profit to reinvest in the position (or center forward / to find closure that would position his attack to the next level). (NM)