Manchester City FC have made further waves in the summer transfer market with the signing of Arsenal FC defender Kolo Touré, the Côte d'Ivoire international joining the Eastlands outfit for a fee reported to be in the region of €17m.
The 28-year-old completed a medical in Manchester on Tuesday and becomes the second Arsenal player snapped up by City in the space of a week after striker Emmanuel Adebayor finalised his switch on Saturday. Touré rejoins his former club-mate after more than seven years with the Gunners, in which he made 225 Premier League appearances and celebrated championship honours in 2003/04 when Arsène Wenger's team finished the season unbeaten. He also helped the capital outfit lift the FA Cup in 2003 and 2005, while playing an important role in their run to the 2006 UEFA Champions League final.
A graduate of the ASEC Mimosas academy in Abidjan, Touré becomes City manager Mark Hughes's first major defensive recruit of the summer and takes his recent spending past the €100m mark, with forwards Roque Santa Cruz and Carlos Tévez, as well as England midfielder Gareth Barry, having also signed up for the cause. These moves have led to the departure of Valeri Bojinov, the Bulgarian forward now destined for a season on loan at newly-promoted Serie A side FC Parma after a two-year spell in England blighted by injuries. Also on Wednesday, defender Nedum Onuoha, part of the England side that reached the UEFA European Under-21 Championship final last month, signed a new five-year contract with City.
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