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Man City complete record Jo deal

New Man City striker Jo
Jo is Manchester City's record signing

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Brazilian striker Jo for an undisclosed club record fee.

The 21-year-old CSKA Moscow star is the first signing by City boss Mark Hughes since his arrival at Eastlands.

Jo, who helped CSKA win four trophies during a three-year spell in Russia, has agreed a four-year deal.

"I decided to come to Manchester City because it is one of the clubs who showed more interest in me, although I had other offers as well," said Jo.

He added: "After I spoke to the manager (Hughes) I was very pleased.

"I was told Manchester City is a club going forward at the moment. We can go places, that is our objective. We thought about it and I decided to come to Manchester City for that reason."

Jo also revealed that Spanish outfit Valencia were one of the clubs that were interested in the striker.

"The club who showed interest officially was Valencia," he said. "I know from the press there were other clubs who showed interest."

The transfer, thought to be worth about 18m - beating the 13m the club spent to sign Nicolas Anelka from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002 - was first mooted several weeks ago and City will be delighted to have finally got their man.

Jo is advised by Kia Joorabchian, who was involved in the saga concerning Carlos Tevez's move to West Ham in August 2006 and later the switch to Manchester United.

The 6ft 3in forward, whose full name is Joao Alves de Assis Silva, scored 44 goals in 77 games for CSKA Moscow.

He also helped them to a Russian league and cup double in 2006 and has Champions League experience, notably scoring home and away against Italian champions Inter Milan last season.

"He's a big guy, in stature and ability, so I think everybody will enjoy watching him play," Hughes added on the club's website.

"A lot has been said about him and there was an expectation on him coming out of Brazil, so with the success he's had, I think it's a real coup that we've been able to bring him to the club."

see also
PSV sign Man City keeper Isaksson
02 Jul 08 |  Man City
Hughes sets high Man City targets
05 Jun 08 |  Man City
Hughes becomes Man City manager
05 Jun 08 |  Man City
Why Man City turned to Hughes
04 Jun 08 |  Man City
Blackburn in no rush for new boss
04 Jun 08 |  Blackburn
Eriksson appointed Mexico coach
03 Jun 08 |  Internationals
Eriksson leaves Manchester City
02 Jun 08 |  Man City
Hughes & Mancini on Chelsea list
28 May 08 |  Chelsea
Clubs delay '39th game' decision
06 Jun 08 |  Premier League
Joorabchian wants new Tevez probe
18 Aug 07 |  Premier League

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