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.