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Pep Guardiola in dreamland as Man City complete £53m midfielder deal and Wolves snap up Etihad starlet

Matheus Nunes Man City (pic from MCFC)

Matheus Nunes has been unveiled by Man City (pic from MCFC)

Manchester City have signed Wolves midfielder Matheus Nunes on a five-year deal from Wolves, with Etihad youngster Tommy Doyle heading in the opposite direction.

After overcoming some minor sticking points in final negotiations over an initial £47.3m deal on Wednesday night, both clubs were able to come to an agreement on a £53million move – a club-record sale for Wolves.

Nunes became Wolves’ record signing when he joined from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £38m last summer on a five-year contract with the option of a further 12 months.

However, the 25-year-old Portugal international was keen to move to the Etihad Stadium and did not train with Wolves in order to push the move through.

Nunes told the club’s official website: “I’m so happy to be joining Manchester City, the champions of Europe and a club I’ve admired for a long time.

“The opportunity to work under Pep Guardiola, one of the greatest managers ever, and alongside some of the best players in the world was something I couldn’t turn down.

“I’ve learned so much during my season at Wolves and I’m excited to continue improving in the Premier League, a division which brings the best out of me.

“I’m really excited to get going, meet the fans and hopefully be a part of plenty more success at City.”

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Doyle joins Wolves on loan

Midfielder Doyle, 21, heads the other way, joining the Molineux club on a season-long loan with the option to make the switch permanent next summer.

Doyle’s exit follows that of fellow City academy product Cole Palmer, who has joined Chelsea on a seven-year contract.

It’s understood the London side will pay an initial £40million for the 21-year-old with an additional £2.5m in possible add-ons.

As for Nunes, he could make his City debut in Saturday’s home Premier League clash with Fulham.

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