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Premier League: New signing XI

Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City - £35.2 million (©GettyImages)
Shakhtar Donetsk to Manchester City - £35.2 million (©GettyImages).

Centre-midfield | Fernandinho

Plucked from the rather unknown depths of the Ukrainian Premier League, question marks surround Manuel Pellegrini’s most expensive summer acquisition to date.

Despite their collection of talented midfielders, City’s over-reliance on Yaya Touré had a significant impact on Roberto Mancini’s title defence as others failed to share the burden with the former Barcelona man.

Revered for his electric pace and powerful shot, Fernandinho could be a perfect albeit contrasting match for the Ivorian.

However, costing in excess of £35 million, Manchester City fans are understandably concerned that the slightly built holding midfielder will fail to justify his eye-watering price tag.

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