Manchester City took over Nathan Ake, a 25-year-old Dutch defender who has had good seasons with Bournemouth, who came down and will play the Championship in the 2020-2021 season.
This is the tenth defense that Pep Guardiola has bought in the four years he has led the English team and with which he hopes to give more solidity to an area that on several occasions has shown itself to be the weakest of a powerful team.
It was his first year at Manchester City and only two players came. Jhon Stones went from Everton to the citizens pos 50 million euros and Zinchenko for two million euros, but this would be loaned for a year.
As he was third in the Premier and throughout the year his team received 60 goals, Guardiola decided to rearm his defense and made the majority of purchases. Emeryc Laporte (65 million euros), Benjamin Mendy (57 million euros), Kyle walker (52 million euros), Danilo (30 million euros).
The investment was minimal because they only bought from Philippe Sander, a young Dutchman who cost almost three million euros, but who had little continuity and left on loan at the end of the season.
The great defense hire was Joao Cancelo. The Portuguese arrived for 65 million euros and Danilo went to Juventus for 37 million. Angeliño also appears in the contracts, who had been with the club since 2014 in the subsidiary, but was on loan to other clubs and only stayed for the season and paid 12 million Euros. And there is also Pedro Porro, Spanish winger who cost another 12 million, but who went on loan to Real Valladolid.
Ake becomes the new hope for the defense of Manchester City paying 45 million euros. Although a few months ago they bought a Brazilian central defender called Yan Couto, 18 years old, who cost 6 million euros and is expected soon, because until now he has turned 18 years old. The safest thing is that he will be loaned to other clubs or stay training with the youth team.
In total with players that he has added to his squad, not including Couto, Angeliño and Porro, since they did not arrive at his request but as an idea of future club signings, Pep Guardiola has made Manchester City invest 369 million euros in purchases of central and lateral defenses. Not counting goalkeeper Ederson, who came from Benfica in 2017 for 30 million euros.
While Pep has been as a coach, defenses such as Gaël Clichy, Aleksandar Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Fabian Delph, Eliaquim Mangala and other youth like Tosin Adarabioyo, Demeaco Duhaney, Eric García, Cameron Humphreys, have left the club. Richard Dionkou, Taylor Harwood-Bellis have had the opportunity to be, but they have not stayed.
The only two defenders that have remained throughout the time Pep Guardiola has been as coach are Nicolás Otamendi and Jhon Stones.