6 June, 2013 - 12:45

Man City close to signing Shakhtar Fernandinho

Man City close to signing Shakhtar Fernandinho

Manchester City made a step closer to signing their long-term target Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho after agreeing transfer fee.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has been spotted near Manchester hospital, where he is believed to have passed the medical ahead of transfer to City. The Citizens are expected to confirm the signing of the player this week.

Manuel Pellegrini is set to be unveiled as new City manager in next few days, with the club having already started their summer transfer campaign. According to the latest reports, City are on the verge of landing winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla and now it looks like they have secured the services of Fernandinho.

Both Chelsea and Tottenham have failed to match Shakhtar Donetsk’s demands in January, as the Ukrainian side have slapped a £42.5 million price-tag on their player. However Man City are thought to have agreed a transfer fee of £34 million for the player.

Fernandinho himself is believed to be interested in joining the Citizens as playing against high-profile opposition could boost his chances of being included into the Brazil squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup. He said: “They know that the Premier League is a great championship and that Manchester City is a great club, therefore they all wish me to play there, and to participate in the division. I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City.

“My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league. What we do here is not recognised in my country,” he added.

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Author: Basil Naumov

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6 June 2013, 15:19

Hope these Arab money injections will not get trophies to the plastic club

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