Man City transfer latest: Signings, departures and expected deals before summer window closes

Arrivals at Manchester City look unlikely in the final weeks of the window, but there could be some outgoings.

Unlike other clubs, Manchester City’s transfer business looks very much under control as we enter the final weeks of the window.

It has been a busy summer so far for the Blues, with four major arrivals - and a fifth expected imminently - plus several high-profile departures.

Yet despite that, there’s never been a sense of urgency or panic surrounding City in the market.

It’s also unlikely that will be the end of the club’s transfer work, and here’s what to expect before the window shuts on 1 September.

Who has joined?

Erling Haaland has, of course, been the major arrival this summer, with the Norwegian joining from German side Borussia Dortmund.

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He was followed to the Etihad by Kalvin Phillips, who joined the Blues from boyhood club Leeds United.

Julian Alvarez is the other significant outfield signing which has been confirmed, although the deal to bring the Argentinian to Manchester was originally announced in January.

Stefan Oretga Moreno is yet to play a competitive game for the Premier League champions, but has made the move to City and will operate as Ederson’s back-up.

Pep Guardiola has also confirmed the signing of Sergio Gomez is close, but is yet to be officially announced by the club.

Sergio Gomez’s transfer is expected to be confirmed imminently. Credit: Getty.

It had been reported that the defender would head out on loan this season, but Guardiola said on Friday that he will remain with the club and not be shipped out.

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Which players have left?

The summer began with Fernandinho departing, while he was followed out the door by Oleksandr Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus.

Another noteworthy departure was Zack Steffen, who joined Middlesbrough on loan for the season, and James McAtee headed to Sheffield United for the 2022/23 campaign. Youngsters Romeo Lavia and Gavin Bazunu also departed for Southampton on permanent deals, while CJ Egan-Riley joined Burnley.

In total, City have earned huge sums from transfer and loan fees this summer, with the Sun claiming it’s a figure around £174m, while the Telegraph reported it’s a fee closer to £232m.

Should we expect more transfers?

City’s main interest for the last few weeks has been sorting a left-back, a pursuit that seems to have concluded with the imminent arrival of Gomez.

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Guardiola said on Friday that Gomez will play a part this season. Credit: Getty.

Asked if City would make more signings this summer, Guardiola responded: “Forget about it. No, I’m very, very pleased [with the team]. Not much in terms of numbers but there is incredible versatility in this team and a huge quality - even the young academy lads.”

However, there could still be further departures from the Etihad. Bernardo Silva looks the most likely to leave from the senior squad, with Guardiola recently stating he is not certain the Portugal midfielder will remain with the club amid links to Barcelona.

However, the latest report in the Mirror claims City are frustrated with Barcelona’s tactics in trying to recruit the 28-year-old, and have set a price of £80m to secure his services.

At this stage, a transfer does look unlikely, especially given the fee required and the lack of time City would have to replace him.

But other outgoings seem likely, particularly for young players leaving on loan, with Guardiola confirming Liam Delap will leave temporarily before the window closes. Fellow youth-team players Morgan Rogers and Samuel Edozie have been linked with moves this summer.

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Guardiola will work with a relatively small squad this season. Credit: Getty.

How does this leave the City squad?

Assuming there are no more major moves at senior level, Guardiola will have a squad of 21 first-team players for this season, once Gomez’s signing is announced.

While this may seem quite a miniscule number, the City manager prefers to work with a smaller group. “We don’t have a big squad but we have some players who play in different positions quite well,” Guardiola said on Friday.

The Catalan coach has also referenced he may call upon the services of youngsters Luke Mbete, Josh Wilson-Esbrand and Rico Lewis this season. The latter was actually introduced late on in the win over Bournemouth last weekend.

Despite that, there’s no denying the Blues head into the first half of the season relatively low on numbers, in a fixture-laiden campaign where most stars will feature at the World Cup.

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For a squad that so often look invincible, a lack of depth is as likely as anything to prevent City from reclaiming their Premier League title.