With Jesus Navas set to complete a medical and confirm his £17m move later today, news emanating from Europe suggests Fernandinho will quickly follow him, with a fee for the 28-year-old having been agreed between City and his current side Shakhtar Donetsk.
The Brazilian midfielder has been tracked by City all season, with the player breaking ranks in recent weeks to make clear his desire to move to Manchester in order to cement his place in the national side ahead of next year’s World Cup.
Reports suggest Shakhtar inserted a buy-out clause of £42.5m in the player’s last contract, but negotiations have led to a lower fee being agreed. It’s now thought the figure is closer to £22m.
What’s clear is that Txiki Begiristain, the man leading City’s summer recruitment process, is wasting little time securing his top targets – a far cry from last summer’s troubles when Brian Marwood was dragging his feet. Then, Roberto Mancini wanted to add Robin van Persie and Javi Martinez to his title-winning side, yet Marwood’s inactivity meant other clubs stole a march and City lost out. With Navas and Fernandinho seemingly very close to signing, and Isco reportedly set to follow them when Pellegrini is confirmed, City’s new recruitment approach seems far more aggressive and fruitful than before.
written by Rob Pollard