Friday 19 January 2018

City complete signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho

File photo dated 18/02/2010 of Fernandinho, Shakhtar Donetsk
File photo dated 18/02/2010 of Fernandinho, Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester City have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Both clubs have confirmed that a deal has been agreed with Shakhtar reporting City have paid £34million for the 28-year-old.


City have not announced the length of the contract but Press Association Sport understands the player has signed a five-year deal.


Fernandinho, a deep-lying playmaker, is thought to have been on City's radar for some time and their top target for the summer.


His signing comes soon after Sevilla confirmed a deal for winger Jesus Navas is in place and is another decisive early blow in the transfer market after the frustrations of last summer.


Fernandinho, who had made his intentions to move to the Etihad Stadium clear, told the club's website, "This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for.


"Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream.


"My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters.


"Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy.


"I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.


"I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too.


"I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more."


It would appear City may have reached a compromise with Shakhtar with reports suggesting Fernandinho had a £42.5million release clause in his contract with the Ukrainian club.


Fernandinho has been one of Shakhtar's star players since joining them from Atletico Paranaense in a £7million deal in 2005.


He helped the club to six Ukrainian league titles as well as UEFA Cup success in 2009.


He shone in front of an English audience when playing against Chelsea in the Champions League last season.


His arrival precedes the appointment of a new City manager, following the sacking of Roberto Mancini last month, but the club have made clear recruitment is now being driven by director of football Txiki Begiristain.


Mancini was frustrated by the club's inability to land their prime targets last summer and the club seem determined not to repeat any such mistakes.


Manuel Pellegrini is expected to be confirmed as Mancini's successor in the coming days and will have to work under the framework of a new structure at the club.


Navas is also likely to be at the Etihad Stadium soon after Sevilla revealed his transfer has been agreed subject to a medical.


City have given no indication when this may take place but the 27-year-old is currently on international duty with Spain ahead of the Confederations Cup in Brazil.


City have also been linked with Malaga playmaker Isco and Napoli striker Edinson Cavani.

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