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CITY CHIEFS DE­LIGHTED WITH SUM­MER SPEND­ING

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CITY’S top brass are said to be ‘de­lighted’ with their record­break­ing trans­fer win­dow.

The Blues took their spend­ing to around £208m by wrap­ping up the pur­chase of Ben­jamin Mendy for £49.1m on Mon­day.

That fig­ure eclipsed the £195m splashed out by Real Madrid in 2009.

While crit­ics have queried some of the trans­fer fees, Pep Guardi­ola and the Blues’ ex­ec­u­tive are cock-a-hoop at land­ing just about all of the top tar­gets they iden­ti­fied at the start of the sum­mer.

City have brought in goal­keeper Eder­son for £35m, full backs Kyle Walker (£45m) and Ben­jamin Mendy (£49.1m), util­ity player Danilo (£26.5m), mid­fielder Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Brazil­ian prospect Dou­glas Luiz (£10m) in a breath­less sum­mer.

And the word on the City grapevine is that they are cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful win­dow.

There could yet be one or two more deals, with the Blues still in the hunt for a cen­tre back – not thought to be a high­pro­file player – and still in­ter­ested in bring­ing in Alexis Sanchez or Kylian Mbappe.

But even if the win­dow closed tonight, City would be sat­is­fied.

The feel­ing within the club is that they paid no more than the mar­ket value, in a mar­ket flush with cash, and in which Romelu Lukaku moved for £75m.

And, apart from Dani Alves – who made a last­minute U-turn to join Paris St Ger­main – they grabbed the play­ers they wanted from the out­set.

And the sign­ing of Danilo, who will com­pete for the right-back, left­back and de­fen­sive mid­field po­si­tions, means the Blues can trim one player’s wage off their squad bill.

City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola

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