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July 17, 2017

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Manchester City’s Most Expensive Transfer XI

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Manchester City’s Most Expensive Transfer XI

Since Manchester City received the backing of Sheikh Mansour in the latter parts of the previous decade, they have not been shy in splashing out the money in the transfer market to attract the top talents from across the world. Year after year, the Sky Blues have spent heavily in building a squad able to challenge for the honours in England and Europe and they have had decent success in their endeavours as well.

Here we take a look at the most expensive Manchester City line-up, featuring players that cost the most in their respective positions.

 

Ederson Moraes (GK) – £34.6million

The Brazilian shot stopper arrived last month from Portuguese champions SL Benfica. The fee that City paid for him was the world-record for a goalkeeper. We’ll soon know if it proves to be a shrewd investment by the club.

 

Kyle Walker (RB) – £50million

The most hair-rising transfer of the summer, City signed Walker from fellow Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, making him the most expensive defender in the world. Can Walker live up to the mountainous transfer fee that he amounted to? Not long before we find out.

 

John Stones  (CB) – £47.5million

The most expensive English defender until Walker displaced him last week, Stones arrived at the Etihad last summer from Everton. With huge expectations surrounding him, the England international had a fairly subdued and below par first season with the Citizens. Will need to pull his weight this season.

 

Eliaquim Mangala (CB) – £32million

One of the biggest flop transfers for City in recent times, Mangala came in from FC Porto in 2014 and after two years of error-strewn performances at the heart of the defence under Manuel Pellegrini, Guardiola shipped him out on loan to Valencia last season. Headed for a summer exit?

 

Aleksandar Kolarov (LB) – £18.9million

The Serbian left-back has been one of the few players who has been able to survive the three regime changes at City – from Roberto Mancini to Pellegrini to Guardiola. Signed from Lazio in 2010, Kolarov has enjoyed good success at City and was part of the two Premier League title winning sides. Has gone on to make close to 250 appearances for the club.

 

Fernandinho (DM) – £34million

Bought from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer of 2013, Fernandinho did not take long to establssh himself as an indispensable member of the team at Etihad. One of the best defensive midfielders in England, the Brazilian was a vital part of Guardiola’s regime last season as well. Money well spent for City without a question.

 

Raheem Sterling (RW) – £49million

He was bought after much furore from Liverpool in the summer of 2015. Sterling has struggled to live up to the expectations that came along with the hefty price tag. There have been glimpses of his exciting potential, but the element of consistency has been missing from his game.

 

Bernardo Silva (RAM) – £43million

Another new signing of this summer, Silva arrives with great promise after his exploits with AS Monaco last season. He helped the French outfit to the Ligue1 title and a semi-final run in the Champions League. Has all the abilities to be a huge success at the club.

 

Kevin De Bruyne (LAM) – £55million

One of the best transfers completed by the Citizens in recent history, the Belgian, signed from Wolfsburg, cost them a large chunk of money but has more than justified it with his displays. One of the finest attacking midfielders in England and arguably in Europe, De Bruyne topped the assists charts in the Premier League last season and scored goals in good numbers too. Worth every penny spent!

 

Leroy Sane (LW) – £37million

He is one of Pep Guardiola’s signings last summer. The German has great potential. After a slow start to the season, he grew prominently in the second period, finishing with 9 goals. Has all the requisite talent to develop into a world-class player.

 

Sergio Aguero (ST) – £38million

And completing the line-up will be one of Europe’s most lethal marksman Sergio Aguero. The Argentine international arrived from Atletico Madrid in 2011 and wrote himself into the folklore with that last minute goal against QPR in the final game of his debut season, that won City the league title. He is the second highest goal-getter in the club’s history with 169 goals. Truly, he has attained a legendary status at the club.

SOURCE: SOCCERSOULS

 

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Manchester United’s Most Expensive Transfer XI

Manchester United’s Most Expensive Transfer XI

Manchester United have always been a big player in the transfer market. The history, the stature of the club, combined with the ability to spend big has meant they have always been able to attract the top cream of players from across the world. There have been many academy graduates at the club that have gone on and made it big. The club has had to shell out some big amounts in the transfer windows as well.

Here we take a look at the most expensive Manchester United line-up of all time.

David De Gea (GK) – £18.9million

The Spaniard was brought in from Atletico Madrid in 2011. He came as a replacement for Edwin Van der Sar. After a difficult start to life in England, De Gea has grown into on of the best goalkeepers of his generation. Has made over 250 appearances for the club and is a pivotal part of the team.

Eric Bailly (RB) – £30million

One of the first signings of the Jose Mourinho era, Bailly arrived last summer from La Liga club Villarreal. He has become an instant fan favourite. At just 23, he has a bright future ahead of him and United may very well have struck gold with his capture.

Rio Ferdinand (CB) – £30million

A British record transfer back in 2002, Ferdinand arrived from Leeds United and went on to become a club legend. The former England international was a wonderful servant for the club. He featured over 450 times, winning 6 league titles and a Champions League trophy among various other honours.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – £31million

Signed only this summer from Portuguese champions SL Benfica, Victor Lindelof had been pursued by Mourinho for a long time. Got a glimpse of him in United’s pre-season game against LA Galaxy. He has shown good signs of turning out to be a great piece of investment.

Luke Shaw (LB) – £30million

Manchester United snapped up Shaw from Southampton in the summer of 2014, making him the world’s most expensive teenager. Despite signs of great promise and potential, the England international has been heavily hampered by injuries in his tenure with the Red Devils. The coming season could very well turn out to be a make or break for him.

Paul Pogba (CM) – £89million

The Red Devils shattered all the records to bring back their prodigal son from Juventus last summer. At the Old Lady, Pogba turned into one of the most devastating midfielders in the game. He has struggled to translate similar form since his return to United. Will need to start showing why United spent so heavily on bringing him back.

Angel Di Maria (RW) – £59.7million

A deal that had the potential to put United on top of the English and European football, Di Maria arrived from Real Madrid in 2014. It was a club record transfer at that time. But, having been constantly played out of position by then manager Louis Van Gaal, the structural and tactical rigidity under the Dutchman did not allow him to flourish and he departed a year later to PSG, where has prospered again.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (CAM) – £30million

Another arrival at the start of the Mourinho era, Mkhitaryan’s signing was met with a lot of positivity and expectations from the club. His debut season wasn’t exactly mind-blowing. He played a crucial part in the Red Devils winning the Europa League and will look to build on it this time around.

Juan Mata (CAM) – £37.1million

One of the few memorable aspects of a forgettable one-year period under David Moyes, Mata has gone onto establish himself as a key member of the United squad since his arrival from Chelsea in January 2013. While many expected him to be shown the doors by Jose – who sold him to Man United from Chelsea, the Spaniard has toughed it out and has turned out to be a great piece of investment.

Anthony Martial (LW) – £36million (can rise to £58million)

Arriving from AS Monaco in September 2015, Martial became the most expensive teenage footballer in the world. Became the darling of the United faithful when he scored a beautiful goal on his debut against arch-rivals Liverpool and went on to finish his first season as club’s top scorer. Found himself struggling last season under Jose, but with age on his side, he has all the talent and potential to become a United great.

Romelu Lukaku (ST) – £75million

Signed last week from Premier League club Everton, the Belgian striker arrives after a stellar campaign, scoring 25 goals and finishing as the second highest goal-getter in the Premier League. Can he fill in the big boots of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at United? Only time will tell.

SOURCE: SOCCERSOULS

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JAMB creates new admission criteria

 

JAMB creates new admission criteria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the establishment of new methods of admission.

In a statement signed by its Head of Public Relations, Mr Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja on Sunday, JAMB explained that it would ensure fairness irrespective of tribe and religion, that it was determined to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

Mr. Benjamin revealed that the Board had held consultations with universities across the country to enable candidates meet the requirements and secure admission without the assistance of anybody.

He, however, made it clear that cut-off marks will be decided at a policy meeting.

“Do not allow yourselves to be defrauded by internet fraudsters; the policy meeting would commence the 2017 admission with all mode, process and acceptable conditions for admission.

“The Prof. Oloyede led management is working to ensure transparent, acceptable and fair admission process.

“We have designed software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility.

“The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration,” Benjamin concluded.