Manchester City is actively participating in the transfer market and has added another player.
Manchester City has extra money to spend on acquisitions this summer thanks to accepting defender Ko Itakura’s unusually durable offer.
Itakura, a 25-year-old international from Japan, signed with City in January 2019 for almost £1 million from Kawasaki Frontale and promptly used up a loan at FC Groningen in the Netherlands, where his contract was extended for an additional season. He appeared there and played for Schalke during the 2021/22 Bundesliga season.
It was in Germany that Itakura really took off after representing Japan in the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics and appearing frequently at Schalke. Itakura was offered to Schalke for £5 million this summer, but they were unable to pay the price, thus he has now moved permanently to Borussia Monchengladbach, 40 miles to the southwest.
According to reports in Germany, the center back will donate €5 million to the City transfer shop, with more things being considered for the agreement. At Borussia-Park, he signs a three-year contract.
Ko is an incredibly strong sprinter and a tactically astute player who can play in a variety of different spots across the defense, particularly for guarded midfield, according to Monchengladbach Sporting Director Roland Virkus.
He undoubtedly put some enticing offers on the table, which makes us happier that he chose to sign with us because he’s an important part of our plans.
Pedro Porro, a Spanish full-back who never addressed the main group and who left City for Sporting for good for a pre-arranged fee of almost £8 million, is followed by Itakura. Gavin Bazunu, a goalkeeper, recently went to Southampton for a reported £10 million, while CJ Egan-Riley recently transferred to Burnley for an undisclosed sum. These upcoming agreements go beyond Ferran Torres’ January £55 million bid to Barcelona.
In a different deal to the one sending Kalvin Phillips to the Etihad, foundation midfielder Darko Gyabi is expected to transfer for £5 million to Leeds, while U23 teammate Sam Edozie has been linked to a £10 million move to Bayer Leverkusen.
With many sightings of the Brazilian in London and at the Emirates before of a formal confirmation of his marking, Gabriel Jesus’ £45 million move to Arsenal is imminent. Raheem Sterling’s prospective deal to Chelsea could also be imminent, bringing City’s potential profit this summer to over £200 million.