Pep Guardiola has pulled off two Man City transfers more impressive than Erling Haaland

Many Manchester City fans were left impressed that Pep Guardiola was able to sign Erling Haaland for just £51million, given his reputation as one of the world’s best strikers. But the sale of Raheem Sterling to Chelsea means that the Spaniard has now pulled off two other deals that are even more impressive than the signing of Haaland.

Sterling becomes the second big-name star to depart the Etihad Stadium for one of City’s Premier League rivals this summer. Gabriel Jesus was the first, with the Brazilian moving to Arsenal in a deal worth £45m to City.

That move itself was a masterstroke, given Jesus was potentially set to fall to third place in the striker pecking order at City. He would have certainly been behind Haaland, with Julian Alavarez becoming the Norwegian’s primary back-up.

City paid only £27m to sign Jesus from Palmeiras in the summer of 2017, with the £18m profit they have made on a player with just a year remaining on his contract an impressive negotiation. The deal that will see Sterling move to Stamford Bridge is also an incredibly good move on City’s part.

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