The first of many Eastlands Galaticos?
Manchester City are set to sign Spanish international winger David Silva from Valencia for an undisclosed fee.
City have agreed a five-year deal with the 24-year-old, who will complete a medical and sign for the club once his involvement in the World Cup is over.
He said: “The Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and I want to bring success to City.
“They are a club with a great future with fantastic players. I want to be an important player in City’s history.”
Silva is City’s second major signing of the summer, following the capture of Hamburg’s German international defender Jerome Boateng.
When players see what is happening at City and the ambition they are attracted to what we are building and want to be a part of it
City boss Roberto Mancini
Manager Roberto Mancini hailed Silva as “one of the best midfielders in Europe”.
He said: “I hope he will be a very important player for Manchester City. I am so pleased he is coming to us, I think he can make a big, big impact.
“In signing David, we are showing the world that we are bringing the best players here and that we hope to compete to win the Premier League.
“When players see what is happening at City and the ambition they are attracted to what we are building and want to be a part of it.
“I hope he does very well for Spain in the World Cup and then joins us for our pre-season, ready to compete in the Premier League.” (BBC Sport)
So Roberto Mancini finally got his man, and a great player at that. The Valencia attacker was on many club’s wish-lists and Manchester City have made a fantastic statement of intent by managing to secure the 24 year old on a five year deal for a fee rumoured to be around £29m.
There is talk of the likes of Yaya Toure and James Milner following the Spaniard to the club and if that is the case then it seems very plausible that the Italian will be close to pushing for that elusive top four finish and a coveted place at the Champions League top table.