Manchester City complete £24.85m signing of Yaya Toure from Barcelona on five-year deal

Ivorian joins brother Kolo at Eastlands...
Manchester City have today completed the signing of midfielder Yaya Toure from Spanish giants Barcelona.

The English club confirmed their part in the early afternoon, while Barcelona in the early evening revealed that they had concluded negotiations with Toure and his representative.

City have paid £24.85 million for the midfielder, with 20% of that sum going to Toure's agent, who owned that proportion of the player's sporting rights. A further £414,300 will leave north-west England for Catalunya should City qualify for next season's Champions League.

And after finally completing the capture of the Ivorian, manager Roberto Mancini was delighted to have added another one of the world's most coveted stars to his squad at Eastlands.

"This is another fantastic signing for Manchester City, and I am very pleased Yaya has joined us, he is a very good player," the coach told his club's offficial 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."

City state that the player will now take a three-week holiday after his World Cup campaign with Ivory Coast and will then link up with the City squad, which includes his elder brother Kolo.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have claimed that the final details of the player's exit from Camp Nou are yet to be confirmed.

Until they have resolved the small issues remaining regarding the terms of closing his Barcelona contract, they will retain Toure as their player.

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