Belgium hotshot Kevin de Bruyne reportedly chose Manchester City over Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich as well as French giants Paris St Germain.
The Blues from Manchester launched a whopping bid around the region of £55m to snap up the player from Wolfsburg on Sunday, and De Bruyne becomes the second-most expensive player to be snapped up by a British club.
The 24-year-old attacking midfielder agreed to a six-year contract at the Etihad, and he becomes the second-most high profile signing of Manchester City, after Raheem Sterling – who was signed from Liverpool this summer for a fee of £49m.
According to Manchester Evening News, Bayern showed interest to sign the player this summer, and even French side PSG launched a bid of £45.8m for the player. The Paris outfit also wanted to loan the player back to Wolsburg for the season, but the Belgian refused it.
And earlier, he also turned down an offer from Wolfsburg that would have seen De Bruyne's salary get doubled if he agreed to stay for another season.
Even Man City rivals Manchester United were interested in snapping up the former Chelsea player this summer, but United failed in their pursuit of landing De Bruyne at Old Trafford. And now, the transfer speculation over the 2014-15 Bundesliga Player of the Year ends after he agreed to the aforementioned fee to become a City player this summer.
"I want to reach the highest level possible as a player and I think the most important thing is that at the end of the season we can be happy and maybe have some titles.," De Bruyne said.
The player has a total of 23 goals and 36 assists from 85 appearances in the Bundesliga in his career. In the Premier League, he appeared three times with Chelsea in the past, and already has an assist.
City skipper and De Bruyne's compatriot Vincent Kompany also hailed the signing and mentioned that the midfielder fitted City's style of play.
"He's become the best player in Germany and we all know what great players play in the German league so that says enough," Kompany said.
"It's a completely different style of football that we play and certain players are better fitted to certain clubs, that's just the way it is."