They’ve been trying very hard for eight years, but after a lot of hitting, hammering, rattling and crunching, Manchester City are finally going achieve what their Emirati owners have been threatening to do since they purchased the club. They are officially going to break the bank.
City are said to be putting together a “stunning financial package” in excess of £200m to land the “unsettled” Barcelona star next summer. This would include a transfer fee “in excess of £100m” and a “basic wage” of £500,000 a week, just to cover his basics like toilet roll, chips and helicopters.
City also want to sign Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, but he only costs £26.5m so the bank won’t even notice. However, the Mirror points out that City could save themselves a few million quid if they purchase the Brazilian before he signs a new contract, which would remove his release clause and raise his transfer fee to £40m.