Manchester City have announced the signing of goalkeeper Willy Caballero from Malaga, as confirmed by the club's Twitter account:
An official release outlines the Argentinian star's three-year contract on City's website, where Caballero detailed his excitement ahead of playing in the Premier League:
I am very happy, and really looking forward to the start of pre-season and performing well to help the team.
This is a new challenge and a new league for me. I have been doing well in the previous years and my goal is to go on and hopefully perform at the same level for City.
It's likely Caballero will face a difficult time making it into Manuel Pellegrini's first team, but he is an excellent stopper to hold in reserve. The Chilean boss flitted between Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon during a spell of poor form from the former last season, but he eventually settled on Hart after he rekindled his quality.
This proved to be a fine decision as City confirmed their second Premier League title in three years, with Hart once again appearing solid between the sticks. Pantilimon has subsequently made his way to Sunderland, reported by BBC Sport, leaving Caballero and Hart to battle it out.
The new signing understands he must compete under Pellegrini, whom he represented during his Malaga days, per City's report:
"I know I am coming to a big club with a very good goalkeeper," said Caballero. "City already have a great goalkeeper in Joe Hart, but I will try and compete for the No. 1 spot. I will do my best in the training sessions."
Promisingly for City fans, Caballero also acknowledged the "most beautiful moments" of his career when working alongside the boss.
The 32-year-old is an experienced stopper—having represented Boca Juniors in his native country before moving to Elche and eventually Malaga—and will offer Pellegrini a cool head to utilise during a busy season for the Sky Blues.
Whoscored.com and Squawka took the opportunity to tweet some telling stats from Caballero's last couple of seasons, indicating he may be a little less overworked during his time in England:
Caballero is City's third major signing of the summer after deals for Bacary Sagna and Fernando were previously confirmed. The club has spent roughly £22 million if you add Caballero's reported £6 million fee, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, and the £2 million to be paid for youngster Bruno Zuculini, reported by Transfermarkt.
While unwanted players such as Joleon Lescott and Pantilimon have been offloaded for free—thus easing City's wage bill—the club may be looking to sell other individuals in order to ensure they comply with UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules. The governing body punished City for breaching its guidelines last year, imposing a Champions League squad limit and fine of £49 million, per Ian Herbert of The Independent.
Pellegrini appears to be acting accordingly with his signings and is looking to secure value for money. Caballero can produce the kind of quality expected of a first-team keeper at the club and will provide City fans with a much-needed safety net if Hart falls to injury or another bout of poor form. Pantilimon, despite some decent performances, never truly inspired.
The English champions continue to add real quality to a squad that is crammed with stars. Caballero's flamboyant style is likely to prove popular at the Etihad, where he will expect to rack up a decent haul of trophies.
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