Yaya Touré joins brother Kolo at Manchester City

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Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Touré has joined his elder sibling Kolo at Manchester City after signing a five-year contract.

Though the pair have regularly lined up together at international level, it will be the first time the brothers have appeared for the same club side.

A fee for Touré's transfer has not been disclosed but reports this week suggested City have paid Barcelona around £27.5 million for the 28-year-old.

"This is a dream come true," Touré told the club's official website.

"I have always wanted to play for the same club as my brother and I'm so happy that it has finally happened. It's great for our family, we're all so happy about it.

"Kolo told me it's an amazing time for the club and a very exciting project. They want to make some big signings, and I needed a big challenge."

City boss Roberto Mancini added: "This is another fantastic signing for Manchester City, and I am very pleased Yaya has joined us, he is a very good player.

"Everyone knows Yaya is a player that we have admired for a long time, and we would like to welcome him to Manchester City.

"He has played at the top level with Barcelona and I am sure his experience and ability will be very important for us."

Touré becomes City's third major signing of the summer, following on from Jérôme Boateng and David Silva, and takes their pre-season spending to beyond £60 million.

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