As things stand, Dutch defender Philippe Sandler is Manchester City’s second-most expensive signing of a quiet summer for incomings having joined from PEC Zwolle.
City, who initially agreed a deal for the 21-year-old at the end of January but only seem to have signed him this summer, haven’t officially announced Sandler, something that has become common with less major signings in recent years.
It is reported in the Netherlands though that PEC, who DID confirm the deal, received a club record fee of around €3million (£2.6million) for the highly-rated defender.
Sandler has been nowhere to be see in City’s pre-season tour of the United States and that is because he had surgery in late May for an unspecified injury.
The nature of his injury hasn’t been revealed, due to the lack of any official correspondence, but today the Dutch youth international has confirmed on his Instagram Story that he is travelling to Manchester from Barcelona, perhaps a sign that he is close to a recovery.
The plan for Sandler had been to loan him back to Holland’s Eredivisie with a top side such as PSV Eindhoven, who City beat to his signature. It remains to be seen what the situation is now, and if in fact Sandler will be ready to play by the time the new season kicks off.
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