Both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have signed Brazilian midfielders in Fernandinho and Paulinho to bolster their squads. Who got the better deal though?
City signed Fernando Luiz Roza, or Fernandinho, for a substantial £30-million fee on July 1st. The 28-year-old ex-Shakhtar Donetsk star forced through the move after it was suggested the Ukrainian club would not accept an offer of less than £40-million. The Brazilian has signed a four-year-contract that will keep him at the club until 30th June 2017.
Fernandinho signed for Shakhtar for a fee believed to be around £7-million in 2005 from Brazilian team Atlético Paranaense after appearing 72 games and netting 14 goals for his former club. Fernandinho appeared 284 times for Shakhtar Donetsk and scored 53 goals in his 8 years at the club. On top of Fernandinho's club success he was called up to the Brazil national side in 2011 and has been capped 5 times since then.
At the age of 28 Fernandinho has only sustained two injuries in his career. In 2010 Fernandinho suffered a tibia fraction that saw the player out of action for over 6 months. In 2011 he sustained a minion injury, this time to his shin, though it only ruled him out for a couple of weeks.
Fernandinho prefers a central midfield role however has been known to play both a holding midfielder role and as a central offensive midfielder. It is likely the player will team up with Yaya Toure and serve to strengthen City's defensive line.
Tottenham Hotspur's new signing Paulinho, who signed for the London club for £17-million from Brazilian side Corinthians on July 6th, is 25-years-old and established in the Brazilian national squad. Having joined Corinthians in 2010 Paulinho appeared 72 times for the club and scored a grand total of 20 goals in his time there. Paulinho's international record sees the midfielder having claimed 17 caps netting 5 goals in those games.
Paulinho signed a five-year-contract that will keep him at White Heart Lane till the end of the 2017/2018 season. Along with his long contract Paulinho has no record of any major injury, which is great news for Spurs.
Standing at 6 ft 0 inch tall the central midfielder can play either in the middle of the park or as a center offensive midfielder or that of a holding midfielder. Considering the recent sale of Clint Dempsey it would become apparent Paulinho will play alongside Mousa Dembele in the heart of the Spurs midfield.
As both play the same roles in midfield the difference is very slim. Manchester City spent £30-million on the experienced Fernandinho, who has played internationally and at both European and club level against a range of opponents.
Though lacking European club football experience Paulinho has been capped 12 times more for the Brazilian national side and also has a much more prominent scoring record at club league level.
These two players have established themselves at very different clubs in very different leagues. Questions may be asked as to the fee needed to secure Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk though some might argue that experience costs. As for Paulinho the £17-million fee seemed a lot more reasonable for the talented player on the peak of his form.
Both clubs will be eager to see how their players adjust to the demanding English Premier League. Who will come out on top?
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