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5 huge transfers Manchester City missed out on

Rupam Nag
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Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:48 IST

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Ever since Sheikh Mansour took over the English club in 2008, Manchester City have made some of football's biggest transfers. They have made some incredible bargain-signings to acquire club legends like Pablo Zabaleta (for around £6.7 million from Espanyol) and Vincent Kompany (for about £6.8 million from Hamburger).

They've also refrained from hesitating to invest big in players like Sergio Agüero (£38 million from Atletico Madrid), David Silva (£25 million from Valencia) and Yaya Touré (£24 million from Barcelona), all of whom have developed into legendary footballers.

hey have also been left disappointed by a number of players who arrived with massive price tags but failed to live up to the expectations, such as Eliaquim Mangala (£32 million from Porto) and Wilfried Bony (£28 million from Swansea).

However, the few bad experiences from their ventures in the transfer market haven't stopped City from spending big for the players they want, and as a result, Kevin de Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, Benjamin Mendy, Kyle Walker, Leroy Sané and Ederson Moraes have all arrived at the Etihad with transfer fees north of at least £30 million. Thankfully, they've all proven to be great buys.

Having said that, not always have City managed to bag the player they were interested in. Sometimes, they just haven't been able to lure their desired player to England. On other occasions, the player wasn't thought to be worth the required investment back then.

Either way, the three-time Premier League champions have missed out on some ridiculously good players in the past decade, and one can only wonder how much stronger they'd be today if those players had signed for them.

On that note, let us now take a look at 5 such marvellous footballing talents who Manchester City nearly signed, but eventually failed to:

Special Mention: Paul Pogba (from Manchester United)

Paul Pogba had the time of his life at Juventus
Paul Pogba had the time of his life at Juventus

We all know how Manchester United dug themselves a grave by letting academy product Paul Pogba leave for Juventus on a free transfer.


Pogba re-established himself as a super-talent in Turin and went on to live up to that potential, winning a Scudetto in every season he spent with Juventus, whilst also reaching the UEFA Champions League final. It took the Red Devils a then world-record £89 million to get themselves out of that grave by resigning the Frenchman in 2016.

However, a fun fact is that Pogba might never have had to relocate once his Manchester United contract ran out. Former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini admittedly is a fan of the French midfielder and revealed he rejected the opportunity to snap him up when he was out of contract. We can't understand why, and Mancini can't "remember" why.

The Italian said, in an interview in 2013:

"He is a player I really like. Two years ago, before he went to Juventus, we could have signed him for Manchester City on a free transfer. ‘To be honest, I can’t really remember why we decided not to."

Massive mistake?

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Published 06 May 2018, 12:48 IST
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