City Clinch Toure Deal
Manchester City have announced that they have wrapped up the signing of Barcelona’s defensive midfielder Yaya Toure today for a fee of around £27 million.
The club had been linked with the player for a couple of seasons now but have finally done the deal after agreeing a fee with Barcelona earlier in the week.
Toure will now join his brother Kolo, who is the City captain, at the City of Manchester Stadium and the North West club will surely be delighted that they have got their man.
"This is another fantastic signing for Manchester City, and I am very pleased Yaya has joined us, he is a very good player," Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, told the club's official website.
"Everyone knows Yaya is a player that we have admired for a long time, and we would like to welcome him to Manchester City.
"He has played at the top level with Barcelona and I am sure his experience and ability will be very important for us."
Toure has enjoyed almost unadulterated success with the Catalan club, winning two La Liga titles, one Copa del Rey, one Spanish Super Cup, the World Club Cup and a Champions League title with Barca but his path to the first team has been blocked of late by players such as Sergio Busquets and Seydou Keita, leading him to seek pastures new.
There would only be so many clubs in the World that would be able to afford such a high profile international player – Toure is one of the stars of the Ivory Coast national football side- and City, with their Billionaire owner certainly fall into this bracket, with Toure’s brother also playing for City it has long looked a forgone conclusion that they would play together in sky blue.
This brings City’s spending already this summer up to nearly £70 million with Jerome Boateng and Spaniard David Silva already joining the club.
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