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Official: Manchester City Agree To Sign Barcelona's Yaya Toure On Five-Year Deal

Premier League big spenders Manchester City have sealed their latest acquisition in the form of Barcelona's Yaya Toure.

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 €30m 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 €500,000 will leave north-west England for Catalunya should City qualify for next season's Champions League.

 

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Yaya Toure


Date of Birth: May 12, 1983
Place of Birth: Sokoura Bouake
Nationality: Côte d'Ivoire
Height: 191cm
Weight: 78kg
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: TBA
National Team
Ivory Coast

27-year-old Toure arrived at Camp Nou from Monaco in 2007, racking up 118 official appearances for the Catalan side over the past three seasons.

The reliable defensive midfielder has penned a five-year contract at Eastlands, where he will link up with his brother Kolo.

No transfer fee has been announced, but the cost of the player is rumoured to be around €30m (£25m.)

Toure arrived in Europe from famous Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas in 2001, signing for Beveren in Belgium. From there he went to Metalurg Donetsk before signing for Olympiakos in Greece in 2005.

A year later he transferred to Monaco for a single season before Barcelona paid €9m for his services.

In his three seasons in Catalunya he played 74 leagues games and 118 competitive fixtures overall, winning two Primera Division titles and playing a significant role in FCB's all-conquering 2008-09 season, in which they won the Champions Leagues and FIFA Club World Cup, among others.

"Fantastic"

City coach Roberto Mancini greeted Toure's arrival with glee. "This is another fantastic signing for Manchester City," he said to the Citizens' official website.

Mancini's side have also acquired Valencia forward David Silva and Jerome Boateng of Hamburg in what is expected to be a busy summer in the north-west.