Manchester City set to sign Brazil international
Manchester City news: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho is poised to become City's second summer signing
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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