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Tuesday 02 July 2013

On this day in 2010: Yaya Toure swaps Barcelona for Manchester City

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Manchester City signing a key midfielder

  • Man City's Yaya Toure took on Spurs' Luka Modric on his Premier League debut

  • Toure was one of a raft of summer signings as City ramped up their title intentions

  • The midfielder celebrated a first Barclays Premier League goal for City against Wigan

  • Toure wheels away after scoring the winning goal in the 2011 FA Cup final

  • Yaya and Kolo Toure celebrate winning the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League title

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 2 July 2010 - Yaya Toure moves to Manchester City

Manchester City bolstered their squad by completing the signing of Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure during the 2010 summer transfer window. Toure, who had just represented his country at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, joined City from La Liga champions Barcelona.

"Everyone knows Yaya is a player that we have admired for a long time"
Roberto Mancini

Toure's five-year deal followed the arrival of Spain midfielder David Silva and Jerome Boateng during a busy period of transfer activity for City, which also included a move for Serbia wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov.

"This is another fantastic signing for Manchester City," manager Roberto Mancini said. "Everyone knows Yaya is a player that we have admired for a long time."

Toure's arrival reunited him with his brother Kolo and he made his Barclays Premier League debut in the 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. The first of eight top-flight goals in his first season for City arrived against Wigan Athletic on 19 September.

Toure also scored the only goal of the final as City clinched the FA Cup in 2010/11, winning the Man of the Match Award and helping to end the club's 35-year wait for a major trophy.

The next season proved even more successful for Toure as City claimed the League title for the first time in 44 years, beating rivals Manchester United on goal difference. Toure contributed to the triumph with six Barclays Premier League goals.

In his three seasons in English football the 30-year-old, who signed a new four-year deal with the Citizens in April 2013, has scored 21 League goals in 99 appearances.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day in 2010 when Manchester City signed a powerful midfielder from Barcelona