Blues complete triple swoop

Last updated : 02 August 2007 By Ben Collins
The transfer hat-trick kicked off with the £1.5m signing of Spanish left-back Javier Garrido. The 22-year-old is an U21 international and impressed for Real Sociedad last season, despite them being relegated from La Liga.

Garrido looks set to play in the first 2 games of the season as Michael Ball is suspended for his stamp on Cristiano Ronaldo in the home derby at the end of last season.

City followed that up with the capture of Croatian international Vedran Corluka for an undisclosed fee from Dianmo Zagreb. At over 6ft, Corluka ia a natural centre-half but can also play at right-back.

Despite being 21, he has already made 9 international appearances for Croatia and played in the 2-0 Euro 2008 qualifying win over England last year.

"That was my favourite game, because it showed to me and to the Croatian fans that I can play against players as good as Lampard, Rooney and the rest," he told the City website.

Corluka has swapped the chance to play Champions League football with Dinamo to join City and Sven was a big factor in that decision.

"He was very important," he added. "Everyone knows who Sven-Goran Eriksson is and that he is one of the best coaches. It will be a big challenge for me to come here and be coached by him, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm really happy to be working for him and I think I will learn a lot from him

"I know last season for City was not so good, but I know that we can do a lot better this year. It's a new start, a new manager and we'll have a better team."

City wrapped up a busy day by making Elano Blumer the 2nd Brazilian midfielder to join the club this summer and the 7th new signing overall.

Elano arrives from Ukraine outfit Shakhtar Donetsk for £8m and is a current Brazilian international, featuring throughout their recent Copa America victory.

City's Chief Executive, Alistair Mackintosh, then thanked new owner Thaksin Shinawatra for making it all happen.

"This morning has proved to be an immensely productive one, the outcome of which is the acquisition of three top quality players for Manchester City Football Club," he told the City website.

"This has been achieved as a result of some tremendous team work and I would like to praise everyone involved for their efforts. I would particularly like to thank Dr Thaksin, without whom today's signings would not have been possible."