good signing you are getting some squad together now!
CITY BEAT BARCA TO NKOULOU
Manchester City has won the race to sign Olympique de Marseille’s Nicolas Nkoulou after Barcelona came close to signing the defender.
Nkoulou will join City for £11.5 million after Marseille accepted offers from both Barcelona and the Barclays Premier League champions.
However, the Cameroonian international chose City over Barcelona, claiming the prospect of playing in England was too good to refuse.
”I was very flattered by the interest I received from both clubs but ultimately, the Premier League is where I feel my future lies.
“I’m a big fan of English football and its ability to deliver physical and spectacular battles so a move to Man City had to be my preferred option.”
Barcelona boss Diego Maradona outlined the club’s wishes to add a central defender to the squad but following Nkoulou’s snub, the Argentine concedes that may no longer be possible.
“We have tried to sign a centre back and thought that Nkoulou would be the ideal option considering his price tag.
“Unfortunately, he chose England as his preferred destination and we’ll respect that decision but it doesn’t look likely that we’ll bring in an extra defender now.”
Nkoulou agreed to sign a five year deal with City and will earn in the region of £91,000 a week.