Manchester City have been a force in the transfer market in recent years, buying top players to help with their Premier League and Champions League efforts.
But on transfer deadline day this year, they were all about moving players on rather than bringing them in. With four players leaving the club on loan, what does it mean for the Citizens?
It’s safe to say none of us saw that coming six months ago, but after a poor Euro 2016 campaign, Pep clearly wasn’t impressed. Replacing him is Claudio Bravo from Barcelona, joining for around £15 million and presumably nudging Willy Caballero back onto the bench. It will probably become clear quite quickly whether this has paid off for Guardiola.
Replacing him? John Stones for around £47.5 million. Most Manchester City fans seem pleased with the move, with Stones’ ball-playing ability and Pep Guardiola’s coaching style a match made in heaven.
Replacing him on the wing is walking Youtube highlights video, and promising talent, Leroy Sane. Coming from Schalke with a big reputation, the attacking midfielder is just 20 years old, has already broken into an excellent Germany side, and has more balance than a circus performer.
City haven’t brought anyone in who will replace Bony as such, but with Sergio Aguero miles ahead of him in the pecking order, and Kelechi Iheanacho impressing last season, with the best will in the world, Bony won’t be missed at the Etihad Stadium.