Manchester City have signed Malaga goal keeper Willy Caballero on a £6 million deal. The Olympic Gold Medalist is expected to challenge error prone England goal keeper Joe Hart for the number one spot at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini faced some difficulties last season when Joe Hart’s performances dropped under the bar. England’s number one goal keeper made some uncharacteristic errors, and as a result Manchester City dropped some valuable points in English Premier League. Even though Manuel Pellegrini opted to bench Joe Hart after his poor performances, his replacement Costel Pantilimon wasn’t a top notch goal keeper. The reality check prompted Joe Hart to stake his claims once again and soon the England number one re-established himself as the Manchester City number one goal keeper.
The turn of events had prompted Manchester City think tank to analyse their strategy and they decided to rope in an experienced goal keeper to challenge Joe Hart at the Etihad Stadium. At the end of the season, Costel Pantilimon was released as a free agent and Manchester City was searching for a better replacement to challenge Joe Hart.
Manchester City, who built such a strong squad in the previous transfer windows have already strengthened their squad with the additions of Porto midfielder Fernando and Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna. Manchester City made their third signing in Malaga goal keeper Wilfred Willy Caballero.
Willy Caballero is an Argentine goal keeper plying his trade in Spain for the last 10 years. An Olympic gold medalist in 2004 with the Argentine national team, Willy Caballero has worked with Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini during their Malaga stint. It was Manuel Pellegrini who brought Willy Caballero to Malaga from then second division club Elche and the manager knows the qualities and the ability possessed by the goal keeper inside out.
According to BBC, Malaga’s Willy Caballero joined Manchester City in a £6 million deal to re-unite with Manuel Pellegrini. Manuel Pellegrini has assured Willy Caballero that he won’t be a regular number 2, but a challenger for Joe Hart to keep the custodian on his toes to stay on top of his game. 32-year-old Willy Caballero undergone his medical in England ahead of completing the move. Willy Caballero was voted as La Liga’s best goal keeper two seasons ago during Manuel Pellegrini’s tenure as Malaga coach, and Joe Hart needs to be on his toes if he has to keep the number goal keeper’s spot in Manchester City.