Manchester City FC are delighted to announce the signing of Brazilian international Fernandinho from Shaktar Donetsk.
The 28 year-old has completed a medical and a deal has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk for his transfer.
He will wear the number 25 shirt.
No surprise that the move has been confirmed but perhaps the fee that has been paid is. Initial reports yesterday of a £34million fee were quickly rubbished with a fee in the region of £25million the consensus amount.
However, reports today have confirmed that £34million is the amount of the deal (although it has not been confirmed quite how this is broken down in terms of add on's and conditional payments). Firstly, James Ducker of The Times:
The Fernandinho fee is £34m by the way. Sky were correct yesterday #mcfc— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) June 6, 2013
And latterly, Shakhtar Donetsk themselves:
Speaking of the move Fernandinho said:
"My intention is to win all the titles. There's big ambition, the team is very strong," he said. "We want to win all the titles and the cups and I believe if I'm able to do the same thing here that I did at Shakhtar, we will compete for everything.
"This is without a shadow of a doubt a change I've been waiting for, for a long time and I'm very happy it has happened."
The move - along with that of Jesus Navas - certainly gives the new manager options in the midfield areas, and the flexibility to alter between a 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. News regarding Isco (although he is away with the Spain under-21 side) has subsided the past few days but even without his particular arrival are we now expecting some midfielder departures (in addition to other areas) following the dual capture?