Manchester City did not expect Cole Palmer would depart this summer

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A report claims that people at Manchester City did not expect Cole Palmer would depart this summer. Manchester City sealed a move for Cole Palmer worth £40m with Chelsea, after rejecting an initial bid of £35m.

Many inside City did not expect Palmer sold

The transfer has consequently led to some behind-the-scenes coming to light about what was the feeling towards Palmer at the start of the window. A recent report from The Athletic says,

“Few inside Manchester City would have imagined at the start of the summer that Palmer would be among those sold; The Athletic reported in June that the club were open to a loan move that would give him more exposure to first-team football, but that they were not interested in a sale.”

“That changed as the summer progressed and Palmer began to make clear his desire for a move. Gradually, Manchester City warmed to the idea, not least because selling homegrown players has become so helpful in clubs’ efforts to comply with Premier League and UEFA financial regulations.”

The Englishman featured in 25 games for the Cityzens the previous season, starting seven of them. Despite his growing prominence, he was an unused substitute for City’s two previous Premier League games. This could have been evidently a sign for him that he may not be getting the minutes he was aiming to get this season.

For this reason, Palmer may feel he’s likely to play more often at Stamford Bridge. It’s understandable why the English Champions let him go for a substantial sum despite him having less experience of first-team. Looking forward, the move has finally happened. Everyone in the City camp will be hoping that he will be successful in the next step of his career.

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