Manchester City has decided to buy Politehnica Timisoara’s goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon. According to debanat.ro, Manchester City activated the transfer clause in mid-January and wired EUR 3.5 M to Poli Timisoara’s accounts. This is good news for Poli, a club which faces significant financial problems and is at risk of not receiving a League I license in case it manages to qualify from League II at the end of this season.
Club financier Marian Iancu confirmed the information, but pointed out that Pantilimon was bought last summer, the information being kept secret in order to protect the player. “Manchester City bought him last summer but we didn’t want to say anything in order not to put pressure on the player,” Iancu stated for GSP TV. Costel Pantilimon will play for Manchester City for the next four and a half seasons. Last summer Poli Timisoara was paid EUR 400,000 to loan Pantilimon to Manchester City for six months. The Romanian goalie played for Manchester City in the FA Cup and the Football League Cup and is Hart’s substitute in the Premier League. His games were well appreciated by the British press. Aged 24, Pantilimon played for Aerostar Bacau in 2003-2005 and then for Poli Timisoara in 2005-2011.