The truth about Man City’s Angelino buy-back as defender completes transfer
Angelino has completed his move back to Manchester City after just a year away and the Blues are NOT planning to sell him on.
The 22-year-old left-back has has signed a four-year deal and returned to the Blues after joining PSV Eindhoven last summer, for a fee which City sources say is about £5.35million .
That represents good value for the Blues, who sold him to the Dutch for around £5million last summer, only dropping the asking price when PSV agreed to insert the buy-back clause.
PSV claim that they will actually receive £10.5million for Spain under-21 international Angelino , who actually made his debut for City as a late substitute in the 4-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa.
Upon returning to the club, Angelino said: “I am thrilled to have re-joined City, a side playing incredible football under Pep Guardiola. Watching them while playing in Holland has been a pleasure.
“City’s performances over the last two seasons have been incredible and I am very excited about returning and hopefully contributing to the Club’s bid for more success.
“I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management and I am very confident that the Club will go from strength to strength over the next few years.
“The style of football we play here excites me, and I am determined to win more silverware. City gives me the best chance of doing that.”
Some observers have claimed that City have activated the buy-back clause simply to sell on a player who was in City’s 2015 FA Youth Cup final side.
Dutch sources claim Angelino would be worth at least £17million on the market, and City have developed a shrewd system of selling youth players for high prices.
But that is not the plan with Angelino.
City have moved to bring him back due to ongoing concerns over the fitness of Benjamin Mendy, who has spent the early part of the summer break working on the meniscus problem which kept him out for a long spell last season.
Aleks Zinchenko has made himself first choice left back in Mendy’s absence with a series of fine performances.
The Ukranian has been rewarded with the No.11 shirt which, as well as symbolically moving him up the pecking order, perhaps also subtly indicates that manager Pep Guardiola has not overlooked the fact he could also do a job as an attacking midfielder.
Angelino is initially cover for Zinchenko after an impressive season at PSV, when he was named as one of the top three players in Eredivisie, but he will be pushing for the first team.
He left City in the first place as there were concerns about his defensive capabilities.
Those remain, but Guardiola has shown he is willing to ignore that side of a player if they offer more going forward.
Angelino was schooled in the City style since joining City as a 16-year-old from Deportivo La Coruna, in 2016.
And he has shown his resilience. After unimpressive loan spells at New York City, Girona, and Real Mallorca he had a renaissance at NAC Breda, which prompted PSV to pay for his services last year.
City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain added: “Angelino is a hugely talented young player and is an accomplished defender with great potential.
“Over the past year, he has gained excellent experience playing in the Eredivisie and the Champions League with PSV Eindhoven.
“We’re sure that he will bring additional defensive quality to our squad.”
City are also expected to soon announce the singing of Atletico Madrid defensive-midfielder Rodri, after the La Liga side confirmed that City have paid his release clause.