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Fernandinho 'close to signing'

Following the capture of Jesus Navas, could the Brazillian-midfielder be the next arrival?

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Mike Hewitt

Hot on the heels of the capture of Spanish international Jesus Navas, expected to complete a move from Sevilla early next week, City are reported to have landed long time target Fernandinho.

Although the fee in some quarters has been touted as £34 million, it has been much widely speculated to be closer to around £25 million. Per The Guardian:

Fernandinho was spotted arriving at a private Manchester hospital for a medical on Wednesday morning as the transfer entered its final stages. Strong tackling, athletic and capable of operating as a deep-lying playmaker, the 28-year-old has been on City's radar for almost a year but the £42.5m buy-out clause in his contract was initially deemed far too steep.

With a compromise - around £30m - apparently agreed, Fernandinho will join Jesús Navas, the 27-year-old Spanish wide man, who is signing for Pellegrini's new-look team from Sevilla for a fee rising to £27m, at City.

The midfielder, currently at Shakhtar Donetsk, was reported to have jetted in to undergo a medical in Manchester this afternoon and both signings are expected to confirmed next week once the arrival of Manuel Pellegrini has been officially announced.

Transfer business being conducted in early June? Somewhere in Italy Roberto Mancini may be sporting a rueful smile.