Mateo Kovacic has completed the move from Premier League rivals Chelsea to Manchester City.
The fee is believed to be worth £25 million initially, plus £5 million in performance-related add-ons.
He will wear the number 8 shirt recently vacated by Ilkay Gundogan, who has come to Barcelona.
Kovacic had been at Stamford Bridge since joining from Real Madrid in the summer of 2018 – initially on loan.
The 29-year-old Croatia international won four major trophies during his time at Chelsea – including his fourth Champions League at the expense of Pep Guardiola’s side in 2021 – while making 221 appearances for the club.
Kovacic said: “This is a brilliant move for me and I can’t wait to get started at City.
“Anyone who has seen this team under Pep knows how good they are – to me they are the best in the world. The trophies they have won are plain for all to see, but they are also the best football team there is.”
“Joining this squad is really a dream for any footballer. I still have a lot to learn and develop, and I know that under Pep’s management I can become a better player, which is very exciting for me.”
“My plan now is to take a few weeks of rest before returning to Manchester to prepare for the new season. I want to help this club stay at the top and win more trophies.”
Man City football director Txiki Begiristain said: “Mateo is an excellent footballer.
“He can play like a six or an eight, has a lot of experience at top clubs and he understands the Premier League. It was a very easy decision to bring him to City because he has the tactical and technical qualities we are looking for .” a midfielder.
“He’s someone we’ve followed for a long time and we’ve always been impressed when we watch him.
“I’m really happy he’s here. This is a great asset to this club and I’m really excited to see what he can do with Pep and the rest of our backroom team.”
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