Edin Dzeko completed a move from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg to English Premier League side Manchester City, drawing a close to a long-drawn saga.
Dzeko has signed a four-and-a-half year deal in what is believed to be a $42 million transfer fee and is is expected make his debut at home against Wolves next weekend.
Dzeko has scored 10 goals for a struggling Wolfsburg team this season and his move to City bolsters an attack which already boasts Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli. The Bosnian international has been given the No. 10 jersey previously adorned by Robinho.
It has been a long time that I have been linked with the club going back to last summer but Wolfsburg did not want to sell me until today, Dzeko said on City's official website. There was too much speculation in the papers but my head is always clear. I was always attracted most to joining City.
They have been playing well this season. I have watched them a lot on television. Now the speculation is over and I just want to do my best.
It is important that is the case because if you think too much about what might be it is a distraction and it can affect your game. I am pleased to be at such a good club with such big ambition. They were my first choice and only choice.
Everybody speaks about City having lots of money but it is not about that. It is about ambition and I have spoken to coach Mancini and he told me 'this is the best club for you'.
City are playing for first place in the Premier League and that is what I want. I am excited to play alongside players such as Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure, whom I have only seen on TV, and to be in the same team as players I have played against such as Jerome Boateng and Vincent Kompany.
I want to show the fans why the club paid the money for me. Everyone expects goals and I want to score them but most of all I want to contribute to a successful team.
Dzeko has scored 66 goals in 111 games in Germany, and was instrumental in Wolfsburg winning the Bundesliga in 2009. He becomes City boss Roberto Mancini's ninth signing since replacing Mark Hughes just over a year ago.