Manchester City signed Claudio Reyna on a three-year deal for £2.5m from Sunderland. The US International has been playing in Europe for nearly ten years, having joined German side Bayer Leverkusen in 1994, the same year he made his debut for the national team. In 1998, he joined Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, where he became the first American to skipper a European side. A year later, he switched to Britain, joining Rangers for £1.3m.
After helping the Ibrox side to two SPL titles, Reyna joined Sunderland for £4m in 2001. After one season in the Premiership, Reyna suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury last October which sidelined him for the rest of Sunderlands ill-fated season. He signalled his return to full fitness in July, turning out for the States in their successful matches against El Salvador, Paraguay and Martinique.
Manager Kevin Keegan was delighted with his new signing saying: "He gives me options in several positions, he can play right back or in midfield and he brings with him a wealth of experience. He will prove an invaluable influence for our younger players as well.".