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Man City swoop for veteran defender Sylvinho

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  • Manchester City sign veteran Brazilian left-back Sylvinho on one-year contract
  • The 35-year-old was released after helping Barcelona win Champions League
  • Meanwhile, City agree a fee of $39m with Everton for defender Jolean Lescott
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(CNN) -- Big-spending Manchester City have further strengthened their squad with the signing of veteran Brazilian defender Sylvinho on a one-year contract.

Brazilian defender Sylvinho becomes the seventh player to join Manchester City this summer.

Brazilian defender Sylvinho becomes the seventh player to join Manchester City this summer.

The 35-year-old former Arsenal star, who was released by Barcelona at the end of last season, becomes the seventh new arrival at the English Premier League club and will provide cover for England international Wayne Bridge at left-back.

Twice a Champions League winner, Sylvinho completed the full 90 minutes of last May's triumph over Manchester United in Rome.

During his time at the Nou Camp, he also picked up three Primera Liga medals in addition to the six caps he earned for his country.

"Sylvinho has a wealth of experience at the very top level, having represented Brazil and played for some of the very top clubs in Europe," Hughes told the club's official Web site.

"When the chance presented itself to bring him to Manchester City as a free agent I saw it as representing excellent business for us.

"Sylvinho won the European Cup last season at Barcelona and he will strengthen our defensive options."

Meanwhile, City are expected to announce the capture of long-term target Jolean Lescott within the next 24 hours.

England international central defender Lescott has been a long-term target of Hughes but Everton had turned down two previous bids for the former Wolves player.

However, a fee of around £24 million ($39m) has now been agreed between the clubs and Lescott will sign once personal terms are agreed.

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