Phillips Signs with Manchester City; Mane Moves to Bayern Munich

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Phillips Signs with Man City, Mane Moves to Bayern Munich

Manchester City – Manchester City has bolstered its midfield rotation after signing Kalvin Phillips from Leeds. The deal costs GBP45 million (USD55 million), including add-on fees. City manager Pep Guardiola picked England international Phillips to fill up the void left by Fernandinho. The players was released after the season ended. Phillips became City’s second major addition after acquiring Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. He played a key part in Leeds’ promotion to the English Premier League two years ago. The acquisition of Phillips speaks volumes on how serious City is in defending their Premier League title. The new signing also bodes well for English Premier League oddsmakers as they will have an early favorite in the 2022-23 season.

Sadio Mane Moves to Bayern Munich

German Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich has snapped up Senegalese star Sadio Mane from Liverpool. Mane signed a three-year deal with Bayern, which reportedly paid Liverpool EUR41 million (USD43 million) for the 30-year-old forward’s transfer. In six years with Liverpool, Mane helped the team win the UEFA Champions League and English Premier League. Adding to this are FA Cup, League Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup. Mane, in a statement, said that he wants to do everything to ensure Bayern’s continued reign as champions.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed the Senegal international. He describes him as one of the greatest players that ever wore a Reds uniform and a modern-day Liverpool icon. Mane netted 120 goals in 269 games for Liverpool. Last season, Bayern took home their 10th straight Bundesliga title. The arrival of the former African footballer of the year will serve as a possible tonic for the German champions as striker Robert Lewandowski reportedly wants to transfer squads. Serge Gnabry has yet to sign Bayern’s extension offer.

Nick Pope Inks Four-Year Deal with Newcastle

England goalkeeper Nick Pope has agreed to a four-year contract with Newcastle. The deal is reportedly worth GBP10 million (USD12 million). The 30-year-old moves from Burnley to Newcastle. This was as the Clarets relegating to the English Championship last season. Pope will provide stiff competition for current Newcastle first-choice goalie Martin Dubravka as they hope to ascend the English Premier League table next season. He kept nine clean sheets last season for Burnley but was unable to keep the team in the top flight. Experts believe that Pope’s signing with Newcastle will help improve his chances of making the England football team that will take part in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November.

Dortmund Nears Haller Signing

Ajax forward Sebastien Haller flew to Germany to complete a medical with Borussia Dortmund. He sets to replace Erling Haaland. The latter player signs with Manchester City. The 28-year-old Ivory Coast international is set to sign a four-year deal with Dortmund, which will pay the Dutch squad EUR31 million (USD32.5 million), including bonuses. Reports said that the transfer will be finalized in July so Ajax can add the income earned to their books in the new financial year. Haller was in superb form in last season’s Champions League.

He scored 11 goals in eight games, including four in a 5-1 win over Sporting Lisbon. He scored in both games against Dortmund as Ajax outclassed the German club in the group stage. They fell in the last 16 but Haller netted 21 goals in 31 games in Eredivisie. Haller’s addition to Dortmund will not only serve as a needed replacement for Haaland but it will also keep the Bundesliga giants among the soccer betting favorites in the German league next season.