Date: 24th August 2009 at 4:46pm
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Manchester City have finalised the capture of Brazilian left-back Sylvinho on a one-year contract after the 35-year-old was released from Barcelona at the end of last season.

The experienced former Arsenal man will step in as cover for Wayne Bridge with speculation over Javier Garrido’s future mounting.

The free transfer shows that the Club is not all about the money it spends, but the quality it is able to aquire.

Hughes told mcfc.co.uk: ‘Sylvinho has a wealth of experience at the very top level, having represented Brazil and played for some of the very top clubs in Europe.

‘When the chance presented itself to bring him to Manchester City as a free agent I saw it as representing excellent business for us.

‘Sylvinho won the European Cup last season at Barcelona and he will strengthen our defensive options.’

Hughes is hoping that international clearance will be granted in time for City’s Carling Cup clash against Crystal Palace on Thursday.

The Brazilian will wear the number 16 shirt vacated by Kasper Schmeichel.

 

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