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3 big-money signings by Pep Guardiola at Manchester City who failed to deliver

Apart from his tactical genius, one of the reasons Manchester City have become a more formidable side under Pep Guardiola is the kind of talent he has brought in.

Since becoming City manager, Guardiola has spent over €1 billion in the transfer market to build his squad (according to Marca). The likes of Ederson, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Rodri and Kyle Walker are among the most cherished signings who have excelled under his tutelage.

City have also agreed in principle to bring Norwegian star Erling Haaland to the Etihad.

Manchester City can confirm that we have reached an agreement in principle with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of striker Erling Haaland to the Club on July 1, 2022. The transfer remains subject to the Club’s conditions being finalized with the player.

Like goes the saying – to whom much is given, much is expected of him. However, not all important signings made by Guardiola at City have been successful. Some of the players he signed did not live up to expectations or justify their price.

This article will focus on three big-money Etihad signings made by Pep Guardiola who failed to deliver.


#1Benjamin Mendy

Mendy was once the most expensive defender in the world
Mendy was once the most expensive defender in the world

Benjamin Mendy was part of Leonardo Jardim’s AS Monaco squad which was great in the 2016-17 season. During this campaign, Mendy was one of the best full-backs in Europe. He played 39 times in all competitions, providing 11 assists as Monaco lifted Ligue 1 and reached the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

This prompted Manchester City to pay £52 million (a world record transfer fee for a defender at the time) to bring him to England. In his first season at the club, he suffered a knee injury which sidelined him for seven months, limiting him to just eight appearances in all competitions.

Benjamin Mendy now faces nine counts in total, including seven counts of rape involving six alleged victims.

Since then, there has been one injury or the other. The only season he managed to stay fully fit was the 2019-20 season where he played 30 times in all competitions, registering four assist.

Mendy is still on City’s books until the summer of 2023 but is currently ruled out of the squad due to his off-field issues. The 27-year-old is charged with rape and sexual assault and may never play football again, let alone for the Citizens.


Ferran Torres is back in La Liga
Ferran Torres is back in La Liga

Another important Guardiola signing that failed to live up to expectations was Ferran Torres. Following David Silva’s exit from the club in 2020, City returned to Valencia (Silva’s club before joining Manchester City) in the hope of securing a replacement.

A fee of around £20.8m (according to Sky Sports) was paid to Los Ches to acquire the service of Torres, who had scored nine goals in 97 appearances for the club. Torres looked like someone who would turn into a world-class player under Pep

Sell ​​Ferran Torres for £49.5m to Barcelona, ​​replacing him with Erling Haaland for £51.3m

However, after a season and a half, the 22-year-old is no longer at Manchester City. The Spanish striker left for Barcelona in January 2022 having made just 43 appearances and scored 16 goals for the Citizens.


#1 Jack Grealish (Manchester City’s record signing)

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League
Manchester City v Newcastle United – Premier League

Arguably, it’s too early for Grealish to be on this list yet. But if you’re the most expensive signing in British football history, you should be prepared for some scrutiny.

This season, Grealish has shown no signs of being worth the £100million Manchester City paid Aston Villa for his services. His all-around performance contrasts with his days at Aston Villa.

Pep Guardiola signed a failed-to-perform £100m striker last year: Jack Grealish. Pep Guardiola signs a £100m striker this year: Erling Haaland. He has the easiest job in football. https://t.co/OkPqLjSx8t

The season before joining City, he scored six goals and provided 12 assists in 26 league appearances. But this season, in 24 league appearances, Grealish has registered just two goals and three assists. His goals and assists ratio dropped significantly despite playing for a much better team.

However, unlike Mendy and Torres, Grealish still has time to redeem himself. His contract runs until 2027, which gives him the opportunity to justify his price.


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