Manchester City have completed the signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia.
The 27-year-old Argentina international is understood to have cost the Premier League side £28.5million and has penned a five-year contract.
Otamendi will bolster central defensive ranks at City that include two familiar faces in former Porto team-mate Eliaquim Mangala and international colleague Martin Demichelis, as well as captain Vincent Kompany.
He will wear the number 30 shirt at the Etihad Stadium and is the third addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s squad this summer, following deals for Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph.
Otamendi said: “I am here to give my best, to fight game by game and push City to the highest peaks for as long as possible, and I wish we will be able to win several cups and titles.
“That’s the most important. To be here inside a club that looks so wonderful from the outside is a dream.”
Otamendi joined Valencia from Porto in 2014 for a fee of around €12million and made 25 league appearances last season, scoring six goals, to help Los Che finish fourth in La Liga.
He has won 25 caps for Argentina and was part of the squad, alongside new City teammates Sergio Aguero, Martin Demichelis and Pablo Zabaleta, which reached the Copa America final this summer.
Pellegrini added: “Nicolas Otamendi was arguably the best defender in La Liga last season and so naturally I’m delighted to have added a player of his quality.”