PEC Zwolle have finally confirmed that young defender Philippe Sandler is joining Manchester City in the summer, after his transfer had been pretty much confirmed by everyone – including the player himself – except either club.
Sandler, 21, is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in the Eredivisie and is a Dutch youth international. City fended off competition from top local sides for Sandler’s signature, with the Blues paying a reported €3million for him – the club’s biggest ever sale.
And on Sunday, Sandler was given a public farewell at the MAC³PARK Stadion in Zwolle, being clapped on to the pitch after PEC’s 1-0 defeat to Willem II.
The club officially recognised his move to Manchester City for the first time, with the transfer to go through once the transfer window opens.
— PEC Zwolle (@PECZwolle) April 29, 2018
The likely plan for Sandler is for him return to the Netherlands on loan, but for a top side, with PSV Eindhoven mooted as a possible destination for the classy centre-half.
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