2022/23 Season

In June, with the squad either on International duty or on their summer break, City announced the formality that Erling Haaland had now officially signed a five year contract, possibly the most exciting signing for the Blues in Premier League History.

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It was also announced that Argentinian wonder kid Julian Alvarez would be in Pep’s first team squad for the start of the season following his move and subsequent loan back to River Plate in January.
The Blues’ Academy was certainly proving it’s worth as certain youngsters left the club for decent fees; Pedro Porro, who had been on loan at Sporting Lisbon, joined them on a permanent deal netting City £7M, and goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu joined Southampton on a permanent deal after a good spell at Portsmouth. in a deal that could reportedly rise to £15m. Two youngsters leaving on free transfers, however, were Jayden Braaf, who joined Borussia Dortmund, and Ryotaro Meshino, who’d been on loan at several clubs since his arrival at The Etihad in 2019, and now moved for a free to Gamba Osako.

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Scott Carson resumed as third choice keeper as he re-signed for a further 12 months. Further Academy players were on the move, Ko Itakura moved to Borussia Monchengladbach for £4.5M and City legend, and new Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany used his City connections, signing out of contract CJ Egan-Riley on a free, and joining him in the Clarets defence would be Taylor Harwood-Bellis, who signed on a season long loan.

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Zack Steffen’s future looked in question as 29 year old keeper Stefan Ortega Moreno joined on a free transfer from Arminia Bielefeld.
On 4th July two major transfers were announced, one out and one in. After five years at The Etihad, Gabriel Jesus moved to The Emirates, Arsenal paying £45M for the Brazilian striker.

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England midfielder Kalvin Phillips was then announced as City’s next major signing, The Blues paying Leeds an intial fee of £42M which could rise to £45M with add-ons.
On the same day another City youngster left the club, Darko Gyabi moved to Leeds for £5.2M.
Further season long loans were announced: Diego Rosa to Vizela, Keeper James Trafford on a further loan at Bolton, and Tommy Doyle, who moved for the season to Championship side Sheffield United.
Southampton increased their pre-season spending on City Academy players to nearly £30M, with the purchase of Romeo Lavia for £10.5M plus £3.5M in add-ons.
After an amazing seven years at City, and with just a year left on his contract, Raheem Sterling decided he wanted a move away from The Etihad, and Chelsea paid a fee of £47.5M plus add-ons, thought to be £10M, to take the England International to Stamford Bridge.
The squad then set off for their two match USA tour, however Phil Foden, John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan didn’t make the trip to the States due to them not meeting the Yanks strict Covid-19 entrance rules. Aymeric Laporte was also left behind to have further treatment on an injury.
As was thought, Zak Steffen, looking for more game time, moved on a season long loan to Middlesbrough
City were in excellent form in their first pre-season friendly as they beat Mexico’s Club America 2-1 in Texas.
They then said farewell to another serial Premier League winner, as Oleksandr Zinchenko moved to join Jesus at Arsenal for an initial fee of £30M which could rise by another £2M.
Another keeper on the move was Aro Muric, who moved to Vincent Kompany’s Burnley for £2.5M plus add-ons.

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The squad moved on to Green Bay, and in a very truncated game, where the players left the field in the first half for over 45 minutes due to an electrical storm over Lambeau Field, City managed to put in an electric performance beating Bayern Munich 1-0 with Erling Haaland scoring the only goal in his first outing for The Blues.
The season’s traditional curtain raiser, the Community Shield, was held at The King Power Stadium, and despite a decent display, City’s lack of pre-season games, and lack of quality finishing in front of goal, saw them lose to Liverpool 3-1.
Another young promising City star moved on loan, James McAtee joined Sheffield United for the season.
And so to the opening game of the Premier League season, and City, and in particular Erling Haaland, couldn’t have asked for a better start in what looked on paper to be a tough game at West Ham, however The Blues put in an amazing display to win 2-0, with Erling scoring both goals on his debut.
A week later, City sat top of an early league table, as they comfortably beat Bournemouth 4-0 at The Etihad.

sergio gomez signs 2022 to 23

Brazilian ‘wonderkid’ Kaykay then joined Portuguese side Pacos de Ferreira on a season-long loan. At the same time it was announced that 21-year-old Spanish left back Sergio Gomez had become City’s fourth signing of the summer, joining from Anderlecht for an initial fee of £11M.
With nearly two weeks left in the transfer window Liam Delap was another youngster sent on a season long loan, to Stoke City. Pep announced he was now not expecting any further transfer business in this window.
In a classic game at St James’ Park, City dropped their first points of the season, coming back from two goals down to draw 3-3 with Newcastle.
The Blues then flew to Spain for a charity friendly in aid of raising funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and in front of a capacity crowd at the Camp Nou they drew 3-3 with Barcelona.
Next up in the Premier League were bogey side Crystal Palace, and with The Eagles two goals up at half-time at the Etihad, it looked like they were going to make things tough once again, however Erling Haaland struck a second half hat-trick, and the game ended 4-2 for Pep’s men.
Haaland continued his stunning first season in the Premier League with another hat-trick in a 6-0 home victory against newly promoted Nottingham Forest, the Norwegian striker setting a Premier League record, scoring nine goals in the first five games of the season.

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With the transfer window coming to a close, 27 year old Swiss centre half Manuel Akanji joined from Borussia Dortmund for a fee of £15M plus add-ons. And more Academy players moved away, Luke Mbete joined Huddersfield on a season long loan, Claudio Gomes moved to Palermo on a permanent deal, and Southampton continued their raid on City youngsters, paying £10M for Sam Edozie, and £6.3M for Juan Larios.
City then dropped a further two points with a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa, but it was a great start in the first Champions League group game as they cantered to a 4-0 victory against Sevilla in Spain.
On the 8th September 2022, the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced and the country went into a period of mourning, City’s home game against Tottenham, as well as all football fixtures the following weekend, were postponed, which meant a second Champions League game on the trot as The Blues beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1.
The last game before the International break, saw a minute’s silence and “God Save The King” sang at all Premier League games, including Molyneux, where City beat Wolves 3-0.

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