Man City’s first six signings after takeover as Newcastle sign Kieran Trippier

Newcastle United's new era under the PIF Group is in full swing as Kieran Tripper has become the first star to join the Toon Army since Mike Ashley's departure.

The nouveau-riche side announced the England international arrival from Atletico Madrid on Friday morning.

And with rumours that more are set to follow, Daily Star Sport are looking at the first six Manchester City signings under Sheikh Mansour.

Mansour took over City in 2008 with lofty ambitions to upset the traditional elite of English football.

And while City's signings are methodically scouted currently, those signed in 2008 weren't always well thought through.


The first signing of the Sheikh Mansour era was, famously, Robinho, who City bagged on Transfer Deadline Day in 2008.

It was a major statement for City, who had only been acquired by Mansour earlier that day, to splash out £32.5million on the Real Madrid Galactico.

While Robinho hit the ground running, his form quickly tailed off at the Etihad Stadium.

The Brazilian's stay on Eastlands lasted just 18 months, and he is currently a free agent.

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Wayne Bridge

With the summer 2008 transfer window slamming shut quickly after Mansour's takeover, City really started to announce their ambitions with the January 2009 window.

Wayne Bridge was the first name brought in over the winter when he was deemed surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

The bridge was a regular in Sky Blue under Roberto Mancini.

The Englishman hung up his boots in 2014.

Craig Bellamy

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Craig Bellamy may go down as one of the Premier League's all-time most underrated players, with the Welshman pulling up trees wherever he went.

After an impressive spell at West Ham, Mark Hughes brought Bellamy to the Etihad to the tune of £14million.

Bellamy left City in 2011, and after spells with Cardiff City and Liverpool he has since hung up his boots.

The Welshman worked under former teammate Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, but stepped down in September 2021 citing mental health issues.

Nigel de Jong

On the same day Bellamy was signed, City bought Nigel de Jong from Hamburg for £16million.

De Jong went on to become one of City's prized assets as he played a major role in City's maiden title triumph in 2012.

However, De Jong is best remembered for his 'kung-fu' kick during the 2010 World Cup final, where he incredibly avoided a red card against Spain.

De Jong is still playing football, and he's currently a free agent after leaving Qatari side Al-Shahania SC.

Shay Given

Shortly before the January window closed, City were able to secure the services of experienced shot-stopper Shay Given.

City parted ways with £5.9million to sign the Irishman from Newcastle.

Given lasted two years at City, eventually losing his No.1 shirt to Joe Hart, and he left for Stoke City in 2011, where he retired.

The Irishman has since taken up numerous coaching roles at Aston Villa and Derby County.

Gunnar Nielsen

The first, and only, transfer on this dud is Gunnar Nielsen.

Nielsen has the distinct achievement of being the only Faroese (Faroe Islands) player to have made an appearance in the Premier League when he replaced an injured Shay Given against Arsenal.

However, Nielsen was released in 2012, without making another appearance.

After spells in Denmark and Scotland, Nielsen moved to Icelandic side FH in 2016, where he has remained.

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