Milan Sign Javi Garcia
AC Milan have completed their second transfer from Manchester City within a matter of days, this time signing Javi Garcia on loan until the end of the season. He signs for the club just days after teammate John Guidetti also signed for the club on loan.
Garcia had been transfer listed at City, due to being deemed surplus to requirements by the backroom staff. He signed for the club in 2012, and in the two seasons since then made just one appearance after his £17.5m move from Benfica at the start of the 2012-13 season. Last season, however, he spent it out on loan with Atletico Madrid of Spain, where he had a much improved time, scoring twice in 29 appearances. It was fair to say that at first he was not well accepted at the Vicente Calderón, because he started his professional career with city rivals Real Madrid, where he failed to make the grade, and sold to Osasuna. Strangely though, Real Madrid bought him back a year later, before then selling him to Benfica in 2009, after making 15 appearances in his single season back at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Garcia was apparently close to signing for Atletico on a permanent deal before Milan came in with this loan deal. They hope it can be successful and push them on to their first Serie A title for three years, and only their second since 2004. Garcia will wear the number 12 shirt for Milan.