Manchester City have announced the signing of France and Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna.
The 31-year-old will join the Barclays Premier League champions from Arsenal following the World Cup in Brazil on a three-year deal.
Sagna, who has represented the Gunners more than 200 times since joining them from Auxerre in 2007, is in Didier Deschamps’ France squad, who will face Switzerland, Ecuador and Honduras in Group E.
City say the defender will wear the vacant number three shirt at the Etihad Stadium, the same number he wore for Arsenal.
Sagna chose to leave the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer having turned down the offer of a new contract.
The Gunners, however, sent their best wishes to the player, who made 284 appearances for the club after signing from Auxerre in the summer of 2007.
“Bacary Sagna has agreed to join Manchester City after his contract with Arsenal expires on June 30,” said an Arsenal statement.
“An integral part of Arsenal’s defence over the past seven seasons, the France international brought his time with the Gunners to a fitting close last month when he helped the team win the FA Cup in his final match.
“Everyone at Arsenal Football Club would like to thank Bacary for his fantastic contribution, and wish him all the best for the future.”
Sagna will contest the right-back slot with established first-choice Pablo Zabaleta, widely considered to be the most consistent Premier League performer in that position for the last two years, and the Frenchman’s arrival almost certainly signals the end of Micah Richards’ career at the club.
City now have considerable strength in the full-back positions with Zabaleta and Sagna on the right and Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov, who signed a new three-year contract on Thursday.
Manager Manuel Pellegrini is still trying to bring in reinforcements for the centre of defence with Porto’s Eliaquim Magala, as well as the Portuguese side’s defensive midfielder Fernando, targets.