Manchester City have won the race to sign the 19-year-old Israel midfielder Gai Assulin.
Assulin, who was available on a free transfer after leaving Barcelona in July, had been chased by several clubs but City moved first to secure him on a two and a half-year deal.
He said: “I had heard a lot about City and as soon as I saw the club I wanted to stay. I’m at a great club and I hope to be here a long time. I have to take my opportunity and learn every day in training.”
Assulin, who became the youngest player to be capped by Israel two weeks before his 17th birthday, revealed the former Barça player Yaya Touré had played a part in his decision to move to Eastlands.
“I speak with Yaya every day – and I hope to be playing alongside him. I hope to show I can play at this level.”