City snap up keeper Pantilimon

The 24-year-old Romanian joins the club as cover for number one Joe

Hart following the departure of Given to Villa Park. Pantilimon

made his senior international debut in 2008 and played against City

twice in the Europa League last season, conceding three times.

Pantilimon, who was signed for an undisclosed fee, is expected to

overtake Stuart Taylor and Gunnar Nielsen – City’s other keeping

options – to act as Hart’s deputy. Given joined Villa earlier this

summer after losing his battle to displace the England goalkeeper.

Pantilimon is Roberto Mancini’s fourth summer purchase, following

left-back Gael Clichy from Arsenal, defender Stefan Savic from

Partizan Belgrade and Argentina star Sergio Aguero, who arrived

from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth around £38million.

Arsenal and Inter Milan had also been interested in the player,

according to reports. Manager Roberto Mancini hopes to bring in

“another two or three players” before the transfer deadline at the

end of the month.