Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho is set to complete his £30m move to Manchester City.
Manchester City are certainly not holding back in this transfer window and are all set to announce two big signings – of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho. City’s lack of activity last summer is considered to be a prime reason why they surrendered their League title to United so easily. But this time, it seems as if they are ready to make a statement.
City have been following Fernandinho for a long time now. But there was a slight mismatch in their offer and Shakhtar’s demand for the transfer to materialize. The Brazilian international was however determined to complete a move to Manchester City in order to increase his chances of being selected in the Brazilian national team for the World Cup. The 28-year-old even urged his club to reduce the buy-out clause, which he felt was hampering his move.
“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. Playing in a division, at a club that is considered among the best in the world would help me get back in the Brazilian national team.
“There are a lot of people in England with good football knowledge. Those complement my skills, and motivate me to want to play in the Premier League.” – The Manchester City transfer target was quoted in the press few days back.
But Shakhtar manager Mircea Lucescu certainly didn’t endorse those views. He believed that a move to Manchester City will be a step down in his career as he believes that the English club is not at their level currently.
“If City want to [sign Fernandinho], the clause is €50m [£42.3m],
“If our players receive offers from teams higher than Shakhtar, we do everything possible to help them. Currently, I think Manchester City are not at our level.” – Lucescu was quoted in press.
Fernandinho though, was adamant about leaving the club in the summer. The Brazilian publicly urged the club to lower the buyout clause in his contract (mentioned above), in order to facilitate a move. The midfielder feared that his ‘dream’ of moving to another league might never come true due to this.
“The day I signed, the club’s director guaranteed me that was normal with his players, and that in a transfer, we could negotiate and reach an agreement on the price.
“I trusted them, and I didn’t think about the consequences it would bring me in the future.
“My dream is being threatened because of the high valuation.” –Fernandinho told the press.
But now it seems like the Ukrainian club have finally given in to his demands and have agreed to negotiate the buy-out clause. It is being reported that the final deal between Manchester City and Shakhtar would be around £30m. The deal appears to have entered its final stages as Fernandinho was spotted at a private Manchester hospital for a medical on Wednesday morning.
Manchester City are expected undergo massive changes in the summer with a lot of squad players being sold along with a lot of new arrivals. Roberto Mancini has been sacked already and Malaga coach Pellegrini is tipped to be the favourite to take over at the Etihad stadium. But Txiki Begiristain is making sure that the new manager has enough resource even before he arrives.
Fernandinho will be a good addition to the midfield, which hasn’t looked at its best this season. The Brazilian has been a consistent performer for Shakhtar for the past 2-3 seasons and he shone in the Champions League last season as well. He is a very versatile footballer with the ability to play both in the role of a deep-lying play maker as well as a box-to-box midfielder.