Manchester City complete £16m Javi Garcia transfer from Benfica

By Phil McNultyChief football writer, BBC Sport
Javi Garcia

Manchester City have completed a £16m deal for Benfica's Spain international midfielder Javi Garcia.

City boss Roberto Mancini made 25-year-old Garcia a priority after Daniele de Rossi decided to stay at Roma and Nigel de Jong moved to AC Milan.

The former Real Madrid man won his only Spain cap earlier this year.

City have also signed Fiorentina defender Matija Nastasic, 19, in a deal worth £13m plus Stefan Savic moving in the opposite direction.

Garcia left Real Madrid for Osasuna in 2007, only for the Bernabeu club to exercise a buy-back clause a year later before he moved on to Benfica in 2009.

Nastasic, 19, has two caps for Serbia and made 22 starts for Fiorentina in Serie A last season after joining from Partizan Belgrade a year ago.

The new arrivals at the Etihad will join 31-year-old Brazilian defender Maicon, who has moved in a £3m deal from Inter Milan, while moves for Scott Sinclair and goalkeeper Richard Wright have also been confirmed as Mancini completes his transfer business.

City have already signed Everton's Jack Rodwell for £12m but decided against pursuing deals for Robin van Persie, who went to Manchester United for £24m, and Eden Hazard, bought by Chelsea for £32m.

Javi Martinez was another player of great interest to Mancini but he has moved to Bayern Munich from Athletic Bilbao in a £30m-plus transfer.

Striker Roque Santa Cruz and defender Dedryck Boyata have both left City on season-long loans.

Santa Cruz has joined Spanish side Malaga while Boyata has moved to Dutch outfit FC Twente.

Boyata, 21, spent last season on loan at Bolton and now joins up with former England manager Steve McClaren at the Dutch side.

City's Northern Ireland defender, Ryan McGivern, has joined Hibernian on loan until January.

The 22-year-old left-sided defender, who has 16 full caps, has made one appearance for City, as a substitute in a 5-0 league win over Sunderland in April 2011.


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