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A Look at the 11 Players That Man City Signed Between 2012 To 2016 During FFP Breach

Just two days ago, the football world was rocked with the news that Manchester City have been banned from the Champions League for the next two seasons over Financial Fair Play breaches.


City were hit with a two-year ban from European competition and a €30m fine after UEFA found them guilty of 'serious' breaches of the rules relating to their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016.


While it is unclear just how much extra they spent, the blue side of Manchester did invest in a number of players (11 to be exact) during those four years, including Wilfried Bony, Jack Rodwell, and Eliaquim Mangala.


Most of those 11 have left the club, but who did they sign and for how much?

11. Maicon


Manchester City signed Brazilian full-back Maicon from Inter for £3million in 2012. The marauding full-back rose to stardom as Inter's flying right-back and quickly established himself as one of the best in the world in his position.


He rhough never seemed to recover from his move to City, and a three-year spell with Roma back in Serie A followed before his contract expired in the summer of 2016.

10. Jack Rodwell


City signed Rodwell for £12million from Everton in 2012, but the midfielder failed to make an impact and made just 16 top-flight appearances. He moved to Sunderland in 2014 following an injury-blighted two years at the Etihad Stadium.


He was with Blackburn Rovers until 2019, and moved to Sheffield United during the January transfer window.

9. Scott Sinclair


Sinclair penned a contract with City after a prolific spell at Swansea City. But he only made 13 Premier League appearances during his time at the club following his £8million move.


He was a Swansea hero after shining in the Championship and scoring a memorable hat-trick in the play-off final, but he started just two games under then-City boss Roberto Mancini and endured two fruitless loan spells at West Brom and Aston Villa.

8. Javi Garcia


The Blues paid Benfica £16million for Javi Garcia in July 2012, but the Spaniard – who arrived with a great reputation – was shown up as slow and ineffectual in the Premier League, and that’s putting it politely.


The deeply underwhelming defensive midfielder was the final panic buy of a frantic deadline day. He scored on his debut but it was all downhill from there.

7. Matija Nastasic


Nastasic joined City from Fiorentina in 2012 in a deal worth £13million plus Stefan Savic moving in the opposite direction. He had made a rapid impact after arriving from Fiorentina as a 19-year-old in 2012 but after two and a half years, fell off Manuel Pellegrini’s radar.


He joined Schalke on loan in January 2014 with the German club opting to make his loan move permanent. In June 2018, Nastasic signed a contract extension with Schalke to stay with the club until the summer of 2022.

6. Jesus Navas


Jesus Navas completed a switch to City in a transfer reportedly valued at £14.9million. He spent four years in England before resigning with Sevilla in 2017. He made 123 Premier League appearances for the club, netting just four goals.


He was a key part of the side which secured the Club’s second Premier League title in 2013/14 – his first season in Manchester, and two League Cups.

5. Stevan Jovetic


Since signing in summer 2013 for £22million, Stevan Jovetic impressed in flashes but eight goals in two seasons was a meager return for the money City paid for him. He did have an extremely prolific career with Fiorentina, having netted 40 goals in 134 matches and providing 21 assists.


Inter paid City £2m to take Jovetic on loan for the 2015-16 season and permanently signed him the following year. Jovetic moved to AS Monaco in 2017 where he has scored 11 goals in 24 appearances for the club.

4. Martin Demichelis


City signed Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis for a reported £4.2million in 2013. He made 76 Premier League appearances during his three seasons at the club. He began his first season poorly but recovered to claim a starting place, a Premier League winners’ medal and a place in the 2014 World Cup final.


In 2017, Demichelis announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36. He won 51 caps for Argentina and played in the finals of the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America, both of which the Albiceleste lost. 

3. Fernando


Fernando signed for City in a reported £12million deal in 2014 from Porto, made more than 100 appearances for the club in his three seasons at the Etihad, scoring four goals. He found his opportunities limited during his last season with Fernandinho getting the nod ahead of him.


In 2017, City sold Fernando to Turkish side Galatasaray for an initial £4.75m fee where he spent two years before signing a three-year contract with Sevilla in 2019. 

2. Eliaquim Mangala


Mangala joined City for £31.8million from Valencia. The Frenchman had a few loan spells away from the club before returning to Valencia in a permanent move. 


The former France international only made 79 first-team appearances during a five-year spell at Etihad Stadium, although he did go on to win a Premier League title and two FA Cup crowns during his spell in Manchester.

1. Wilfried Bony


Bony changed Premier League allegiances after sealing a £25million transfer from Swansea City. The Ivorian spent two-and-a-half seasons at the Etihad but made little impression on the first team under Manuel Pellegrini and was not considered an option under Pep Guardiola.


Bony became the joint-most expensive African footballer of all time when he signed for City. He secured a move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad last month.