Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Which Blues Were Worth the Big Fees?

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Which Blues Were Worth the Big Fees?

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CITY have already smashed their club transfer record for a goalkeeper this summer - and are set to do the same to land two new full-backs.

And with the prospect of having to eclipse the £47m the splashed out on John Stones last summer, if they want to beef up their central defence, Pep Guardiola could be set for yet another record.

But does spending big always bring value for money? Clearly it does not and when you look at a team made up of City's record buys in every position, there is a glaring divide between attacking buys and defensive ones.

So who ARE City's record buys in each position, and how successful have they been? ¦ EDERSON (£35M, GOALKEEPER) The Blues clearly think he is the man to fill the space left by Claudio Bravo's failure to impress, and the departure of Willy Caballero. The reports we hear are very good - he is a modern-style sweeper keeper, quick on his feet and accomplished with the ball at his feet, and is seen as a very good shot-stopper. ¦ Value for money - unknown ¦ VEDRAN CORLUKA (£8M, RIGHT-BACK) Amazingly, the right-back position has had little investment and Corluka's move in the year before Sheikh Mansour's takeover remains the highest for a right-back. Corluka was a strong, effective right-back who could also play centre-back and central midfield, but the fact that he was sold after one season, for £5.5m means it was hardly a great investment.

¦ VFM - 5/10 ¦ JOHN STONES (£47M, CENTREBACK) Any evaluation of the young England player has to be tempered by thoughts on his potential - Vincent Kompany said recently he would become a world great, while others feel he will never be a top defender. His first season at City was a rollercoaster, at times he looked excellent, at others he was a bundle of ricks and nervousness. The jury is still out.

¦ VFM - 6/10 ¦ ELIAQUIM MANGALA (£42M, CENTRE-BACK) Possibly City's biggest, and most costly, error in the Mansour era. …

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