Brazilian close to Etihad Stadium move.
Manchester City are close to sealing their second signing of the summer with the expected arrival of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, according to The Telegraph.
A fee has been agreed between City and Fernandinho’s club Shakhtar Donetsk, who were believed to be holding out for £42.5million for the player, though they appear to have lowered their asking price following a request from Fernandinho himself.
The 28-year-old has been in fine form for the Ukranian side this season, putting himself on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs with his displays in the Champions League, and he has been keen to push through a move to enhance his chances of getting into the Brazilian national team for next summer’s World Cup finals.
Personal terms are yet to be finalised, though it is expected that the deal could be confirmed in the coming days, in a deal that would significantly strengthen City’s midfield options for next season.
A player of Fernandinho’s quality was said to be high on the agenda for City after disappointing seasons from Gareth Barry and Javi Garcia, and Lazio’s Hernanes has also been strongly linked as a target.
This news comes just after City confirmed the signing of Sevilla winger Jesus Navas yesterday.