Manchester City ended the final transfer week of the summer by adding several players to the club as it prepares for Premiership and European action. Argentinean defender Pablo Zabaleta from Espanyol, Brazilian defender Glauber from FC Nuremburg, and former City star Shaun Wright-Phillips via Chelsea joined the club this week.
Zabaleta recently competed for the Argentine side that took home gold at the Beijing Olympics. The 23-year-old will add to City’s already solid defense. He agreed to a five-year deal with the club.
Glauber is Mark Hughes sixth signing and joins fellow Brazilians Elano and Jo at the club. The 25-year-old has one cap for his native Brazil.
26-year-old Shaun Wright-Phillips is determined to make his return to City a successful one. SWP lost his place in the starting XI at Chelsea only making 43 appearances with the club.
City who advanced to the next stage of the UEFA Cup after the dramatic penalty shootout against Danish side FC Midtjylland will now face Cypriot outfit AC Omonia. The two-legged tie is scheduled for September 18 and October 2.
With these additional signings, manager Mark Hughes has revamped Manchester City in his own image and will now look to lead the club into the future.