Manchester City signs Netherlands youngster Sandler

Manchester City has brought in Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle and sent goalkeeper Aro Muric to NAC Breda on loan.

Philippe Sandler (L) in action for Netherlands Under-20s.   -  Getty Images

Manchester City announced the signing of defender Philippe Sandler from PEC Zwolle.

The Netherlands youth international has joined the Premier League champions for a fee reportedly in the region of £2.5million.

The 21-year-old, a product of the famous youth system of Ajax, is expected to provide cover for Vincent Kompany, John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte at centre-back, although he can also play in midfield.

Speaking in March ahead of his impending move, Sandler said: "I heard that scouts from Manchester City were watching me, but you do not expect as a player to go from PEC Zwolle to City.

"The best manager in the world, Pep Guardiola, is currently in charge there, and he can teach me a lot, and also the style in which they play football attracts me a lot."

Meanwhile, City has allowed young goalkeeper Aro Muric to join NAC Breda. The 19-year-old will head to the Eredivisie for the 2018-19 season.

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