The English champions introduce themselves to the former Barcelona team, which came to replace Zinchenko, who left for Arsenal.
Manchester City have confirmed the acquisition of Spanish left-back Sergio Gomez from Belgian club Anderlecht. The Premier League champions needed a defender after allowing Oleksandr Zinchenko to join Arsenal.
City will pay an initial fee of 11 million pounds (around 13 million euros) for the 21-year-old, with the price likely to rise further due to unspecified additions.
Who is Sergio Gomez?
The former young international was originally considered a developing player by the Premier League champions and was due to be loaned to sister club Girona in Spain’s top flight.
But Pep Guardiola decided to keep the player who started his football career in La Masia in Barcelona as an attacking midfielder before joining Borussia Dortmund.
He spent two seasons on loan with Spanish club Huesca before joining Anderlecht, where he shone under the leadership of former City captain Vincent Kompany with 15 assists and the club.
Gomez signed a four-year contract at the Etihad Stadium, until the end of the 2025-2026 season.
Gomez tempted by the idea of playing for Guardiola
“City are the best team in England and in Pep Guardiola I have the opportunity to learn and grow under the most exceptional coach in world football,” Gomez said after the official announcement of his transfer.
“Being part of this club is a dream come true for me and something every young player aspires to.
“The number of titles City have won in recent years is unbelievable and the style of football the team plays under Pep is the most exciting in Europe. Playing for Pep, his coaches and their mentorship will be very special.”
Gomez will wear the number 21 shirt last worn by Ferran Torres, but is best known as club legend David Silva.
“when [mon frère] I went on a school trip to London, and I asked him to buy me a Manchester City shirt with the name and number of David Silva. At that time I was also wearing the number 21.”
“He was one of my favorite players in that position, because when I was a kid I played for Silva. That’s the story of this shirt and I’ve kept it very well ever since.”
Is this the end of the City transfer period?
City had a relatively busy period, letting experienced players Zinchenko, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus leave, while bringing in Erling Haaland, Calvin Phillips, Julian Alvarez and now Gomez.
After losing main target Mark Cucurella, who left Brighton for Chelsea in a record deal, City have been looking for another left-back but Guardiola is happy for Gomez and academy player Josh Wilson-Ebrand can now compete with Joao Cancelo.
Barcelona are still interested in midfielder Bernardo Silva and City would like to replace him if he leaves, but they hope that the remaining summer transfers will include only important players, such as the loan of the striker from Liam Dilap’s academy.