Manchester City Officially Sign Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk
Manchester City announced their signing of former Shakhtar Donetsk and Brazilian defensive midfielder Fernandinho on Thursday, after he completed a medical and agreed to a transfer fee with his former club.
The English club's official website had the report.
Here's an excerpt from that piece:
The 28-year-old has completed a medical and a deal has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for his transfer. He will wear the number 25 shirt. The defensive midfielder brings a wealth of UEFA Champions League experience to Manchester with him. He has appeared in the competition with Shakhtar for the past eight seasons.
Fernandinho also had this to say about his move from Ukraine to the English Premier League:
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.
Terms of the contract were not released by the team in the official announcement, but the transfer fee is expected to be a four-year deal in the neighborhood of £30 million, as reported by Alistair Magowan of BBC Sport after the news became official.
City Watch welcomed Fernandinho to the team, via Twitter:
OFFICIAL: City have completed the signing of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk.. pic.twitter.com/NLB5DGqlTs— City Watch (@City_Watch) June 6, 2013
Louise Taylor of The Guardian reported on Wednesday that the two sides were close to agreeing to terms on a deal, pending the medical and a few final terms in the deal to be negotiated.
Sky Sports (via Fox Sports) also reported on Wednesday that Fernandinho was preparing for a permanent move to City, as the club agreed to a £34 million transfer fee with Shakhtar Donetsk. That fee was down from the original Ukrainian request of £42 million when the transfer window first opened back in May, per Simon Jones and Rik Sharma of the Daily Mail.
The defensive playmaker helped Shakhtar to the UEFA Cup in 2009, and he has steadily improved his stock over the last few years. That includes a 2-1 win over Chelsea last season, a match in which he scored the game-winner against the Blues.
Fernandinho was also linked to Manchester City back in December, when he claimed to have intentions to move to England this January, as reported by Hannah Duncan of Metro. That move didn't happen, but City remained interested in a move and negotiated a move that did not meet Shakhtar's initial demands.
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With a wealth of international experience for Brazil and more for his former Ukrainian side in European competition, Fernandinho brings a spark to City that will help give yet-to-be-announced new manager Manuel Pellegrini a spark in the middle of the pitch.
After finishing second in the EPL table during the 2012-13 season, City will look to have more success in the UEFA Champions League next season, and Fernandinho brings experience and talent that City can deploy against opposing sides to improve their English rank next year.
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