Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho has dropped a huge hint of where he will be playing his football next season.
The 28-year-old has been linked in recent weeks with a move to the Etihad where he has reportedly been a ‘target’ of Manchester City.
The Brazilian took to Twitter to retweet a Manchester City fan’s message of approval that the club ‘want’ him to make a move to Eastlands this summer.
"love you already for wanting a #mcfc move so badly! Hope to see you in a blue shirt soon! #legend" the City fan posted.
Fernandinho does however have a contract with the Ukrainian side that runs until the summer of 2016. He has been at the club since he was 20 years old after moving from Athletico Paranaense in his homeland Brazil.
He has since developed into a consistent and reliable performer in Shakhtar’s midfield where he has been a first-team regular for the past eight seasons.
At present, he’s valued at £12.5 million and whilst he may be under the impression City are keen on him, the news that the club have sacked manager Roberto Mancini may well have an affect on his potential transfer.
Currently, Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini is the favourite to take the reigns at the Etihad next term after a disappointing season under Mancini that saw City. However, regardless of who is eventually unveiled as his replacement, they’re likely to have their own designs to impose on the squad and Fernandinho may have let the cat out of the bag a little too soon.
I doubt the fans and the manager at Shakhtar Donetsk will view his blatant ‘come get me’ plea with enthusiasm, especially since he has been such an important player for them over the last few seasons.
The other issue is where he would fit in to Manchester City’s side – whilst there are likely to be departures, David Silva is their midfield nucleus, Gareth Barry is their engine and it’s unlikely that Yaya Toure, Javi Garcia, Jack Rodwell or Scott Sinclair will be sold considering how recently they were either signed or re-signed on lucrative long-term contracts.
I have a sneaking suspicion Fernandinho may regret his Twitter plea in the long run.
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