After an extremely busy transfer deadline day, the shock move of Martin Demichelis to Manchester City seemed to pass under the radar.
The Argentine centre back had only joined Athletico Madrid on a Bosman-free transfer in July, but could "not resist" a reunion with former boss Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
The pair were together at River Plate and Malaga and are keen to replicate their past successes. "We worked together at River Plate, we became champions. We worked together at Malaga for two successful years and now life gives us a third chance," the 32-year old said.
It's no secret that Manchester City have been chasing another centre back to add to their squad, and after Real Madrid rebuffed their move for Portuguese international Pepe, they swooped for Demichelis.
The Citizens were also speculated to have made a last ditch attempt to sign Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, but ultimately opted for former Bayern man Demichelis.
With skipper Vincent Kompany out with a groin injury, Demichelis' arrival will provide immediate competition for Joleon Lescott and Matija Nastasić at the heart of Pellegrini's defence.
Demichelis, who will wear the number 26 shirt, possesses a wealth of experience, having played throughout Europe for the past 11 years.
He was allowed to leave Atletico Madrid for £4million without much ceremony. This was after they sealed the deadline day signing of Toby Alderweireld from Ajax, a player who had been on the radar of several Premier League clubs.
Only time will tell, but the signing of Martin Demichelis could prove to be an inspired piece of business. At 32, the Argentine stopper is nearing the end of his career, but could be just the sort of player City were missing in their title chase last season.
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