Manchester City came away very impressed with 21-year-old Bruno Zuculini's pre-season efforts, and on Friday, the Citizens announced that they had officially signed the Argentine from current club Racing Club.
The club confirmed the signing via Twitter:
In a short statement on the club's website, Zuculini expressed his desire at playing for such a magnificent club:
I’m very excited about the future. I am looking forward to the experiences which this move will bring and to improving myself as a player. I’m also very proud to be the fourth Argentine to sign for City. The Club is very popular in Argentina because of Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis.
Manchester City will pay £3 million for his services, per the Daily Mail's Simon Jones, who added that his arrival could lead to Javi Garcia departing for Russian powerhouse Zenit St. Petersburg for a reported £12 million.
The midfielder scored 10 goals in 92 total appearances for Racing, and he scored his first for the Citizens in a friendly against Kansas City. The Argentine would be eligible to play in Saturday's Community Shield match against Arsenal, and, given his recent form, it shouldn't come as a surprise if he got some minutes.
According to the Daily Mirror's Ed Malyon, reports in the Spanish press indicate Zuculini will spend his first six months in the Premier League on loan with Sunderland, where he would compete with former Citizen Jack Rodwell for playing time:
Reports in Spain Bruno Zuculini going on loan to Sunderland from Man City. Returning in January to replace Lampard after his loan ends.— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) August 7, 2014
Most fans seemed happy to hear the club had signed a young talent, although they knew very little about the player. The Times and Star's Liam Waite summed up how most Sunderland fans are probably feeling:
Never seen Zuculini play but he's foreign and sounds like a vegetable so ha'way lad, get on the bus with Gus. #SAFC— Liam Waite (@waitelj) August 8, 2014
Zuculini flashed a lot of talent during the pre-season, but the step from the Argentine league to the Premier League can be very difficult. A loan move to a smaller club makes sense from that perspective, giving the player the time to acclimate to his new surroundings.
That's not to say he won't impress for Sunderland. With excellent vision, a good nasty streak and the technical ability to make plays further up the pitch, Zuculini has the potential to become a very good Premier League player in a very short time.