Manchester City target wants £40.5m release clause lowered

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Manchester City target Fernandinho has urged Shakhtar Donetsk to lower the minimum fee release clause in his contract.

The 28-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a summer switch to the Etihad Stadium, but a £40.5million buyout fee is set to pose a major hurdle in any possible switch from the Ukranian giants.

Fernandinho insists he was given assurances that the club would compromise on the fee when he first moved to the Donbass Arena however, and is now hoping they remain true to their word.

"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,” he said, according to Sky Sports.

"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 joined Shakhtar in 2005, leaving boyhood club Atlético Paranaense to continue his career in Europe.

His form with the Ukranian Premier League champions subsequently led to international recognition, with the midfielder earning the first of five caps to-date back in 2011.

Manchester City, meanwhile, have money to spend in the transfer market and have assembled one of the most expensive squads in European football.

But, failure to win a trophy or qualify for the Champions League knockout stages saw manager Roberto Mancini get the axe, leaving the Citizens’ transfer plans in a potential state of flux.

Whether a ‘dream’ move to Manchester City is still on the cards for Fernandinho remains to be seen, but he wants the transfer fee to be reduced to stand any chance of making the switch.

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