Manchester City are set to acquire the signature of Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk, after the two clubs reached an agreement, according to The Telegraph.
The 28-year-old, whose full name is Fernando Luiz Rosa, previously told Italy’s Calciomercato in December 2012 that he would be playing for a Manchester club in January 2013; however, this move was never completed and appears to have finally come to fruition with his imminent arrival at Manchester City.
He said: “I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January.”
The Brazil international has spent eight seasons at Shakhtar – playing 280 games and scoring 50 goals – since his arrival from Atletico Paranaense, where he appeared 72 times and scored 14 goal, in 2005.
He also has five caps for Brazil but is yet to register a goal for his national side.
Fernandinho mainly operates as a defensive midfielder but likes to contribute to both attack and defence with his box-to-box style. In addition, he has a very effective passing range, pace and can strike a ball from distance.
Should the Brazilian’s imminent arrival at the Etihad Stadium be completed, it would likely see Yaya Toure moved into a more advanced role behind the strikers – a position that he has looked his best during his time at Manchester City.
Despite the fact that Manchester City have yet to officially appoint a new manager – with Manuel Pellegrini imminent – it would seem that they are looking to push for the Premier League title again by making signings without the input of a manager - as seen from the acquisition of Jesus Navas.
However, since Pellegrini has all but signed on as manager, he may have had some influence in the players that have been signed.
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