City complete van Buyten deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Van Buyten arrives at The City of Manchester Stadium on loan with a view to a permanent deal, with David Sommeil moving in the opposite direction.
The centre half agreed terms on Friday evening and has now returned to France before he commences his City career.
He is expected to start training with City next week and could make his debut against Birmingham City next Sunday.
City chief Kevin Keegan was delighted to have brought van Buyten to the club and has not ruled out Sommeil coming back to the Premiership side.
"Daniel moved to Marseille from Standard Liege for é¼11 million," said Keegan. "That is a huge fee for a defender and I believe now that The Premiership will suit him.
"David Sommeil had several good seasons with Bordeaux and moving back to Marseille is a big move for him. Looking at the whole situation it is very good for both clubs.
"David has been very good while he has been here and it wouldn't be a problem if he came back here at the end of the season.
"I just think that given our current situation with the way we are playing and the goals that we are conceding we need a fresh face in there."