Manchester City Sells 2 Players To Chelsea
Manchester City has been the envy of the English Premier League for the past five years. This is perhaps why teams like to purge players from City. City just sold Raheem Sterling to Chelsea, and they expect to send Nathan Ake shortly.
Manchester City enters the 2022-23 campaign as the favorites, per Premier League predictions, to claim their third straight Premier League title and fifth crown in the past six seasons. City won 40 games for the fifth straight season overall last year, which included edging out Liverpool for the league crown with 93 points.
The Citizens posted an EPL mark of 29-6-3 with a +73 goal differential as they led the league with 99 goals and tied Liverpool for first with 26 goals surrendered. The accomplishments of the 2021-22 squad put the season as one of the top five campaigns in City’s EPL history, although the goals allowed and goals differential were their second-best marks over the last 30 years.
While the Premier League title was the only trophy that City claimed this past season, they did reach the semifinals of the Champions League. It marked the fifth consecutive year that the Citizens have at least reached the Champions League’s quarterfinals, making it to the Finals in 2020-21. They also reached the semifinals of the FA Cup. City has accumulated 10 trophies during this five-year stretch with four EFL Cups and two Community Shield trophies.
Manchester City is preparing for the 2022-23 season in England, but the Citizens head to the States for a couple of Friendlies soon. City will play Mexican Club America at NRG Stadium in Houston on July 20 and FC Bayern Munich in Green Bay at Lambeau Field on July 23, marking the first-ever football match there. They will then head home to play one more exhibition contest against Liverpool in a Community Shield event before opening the regular season at West Ham on Aug. 7.
City has kept most of their roster intact for the upcoming season with Ederson, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne, and Bernardo Silva headlining the list of returnees, making their Premier League picks almost invariable. They did lose Fernandinho, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, and Nathan Ake to the transfer market. Jesus and Sterling are the biggest departures. However, City has received or will receive around €165.90 million in transfer fees when Ake officially becomes a member of Chelsea.
Meanwhile, City has only brought in three players from other teams. Norwegian striker Erling Haaland is the big get as he possesses the whole package of athleticism, speed, and finishing. Haaland totaled 62 goals in 67 appearances for Borrussia Dortmund from 2020-22. Kalvin Phillips was also a good get and should a key midfielder for the Citizens while GK Stefan Ortego has been on some bad teams Armenia Bielefeld teams lately, so he could be a valuable pickup as a reserve.
Raheem Sterling Says His Goodbyes
“Seven seasons, eleven major trophies, a lifetime of memories,” Sterling tweeted in a good-bye to Manchester City.
Sterling, who played an important role for City over the last seven years, was sold to Chelsea for a fee of €56 million on Tuesday. Sterling recorded 131 goals and 74 assists over 339 career caps for the Citizens though he has been criticized for being inconsistent. He produced just 31 goals over the last two seasons. While the loss of Sterling and Jesus will have some impact on City, they have enough depth to overcome their production – particularly with the addition of Haaland and Julian Alvarez.
Nathan Ake’s Transfer Expected To Be Completed Soon
Nathan Ake has agreed to a contract with Chelsea and the Blues and Citizens have reportedly agreed to a €45 million transfer fee which is €4 million more than City paid Bournemouth for the Dutchman in 2022. Chelsea desperately needs to improve their defense, which may be why they are willing to pay for an unproven player like Ake. Ake has appeared in 40 games for City, posting four goals and one assist, and has made 210 career appearances overall, which play into Premier League predictions, for you if you want to keep updated.
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