All the latest news, views and transfer rumours from the Etihad…
Manchester City have today completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk. The 28-year-old has signed a four-year deal, for a reported transfer fee of close to £30million.
The signing, so soon after the announcement of a deal for Jesus Navas, makes it clear that City have every intention of reclaiming the league title next season; which is exactly what Fernandinho said this afternoon.
“My ambition here is to win the title,” he said. “The team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters.”
The swiftness with which the club are concluding their summer business is a marked difference from last year, when then-manager Roberto Mancini voiced his concerns at the lack of action from the board.
With Navas and Fernandinho secured, City may have to wait a little longer for a new striker; at least if they only have eyes for Napoli’s Edinson Cavani.
It is being reported that the Italian side are holding out for the Uruguayan striker's full release clause of £54million.
It is no secret that the Blues are interested in Cavani, with Edin Dzeko previously talked of as a makeweight in any deal. But it now appears the Serie A side wish to get every available penny for their much sought-after striker.
In short, it appears the Blues are in for an expensive summer.
One player who is not on his way to the Etihad is Real Madrid defender Pepe. Following stories earlier this week that the Portuguese centre-back was on the club’s radar, Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has thrown cold water on the rumours.
“Pepe is not for sale,” he said. “He will not leave this summer, not in my opinion anyway.”
There it is, a categorical denial, if you ignore the last part.
Last night we reported that Carlos Tevez had agreed personal terms with Italian champions Juventus, but it now appears they will only move for the Argentine if they fail to sign Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina.
With only one year left on his contract, it appears highly likely that Tevez will leave this summer. But he is only second on at least one club’s wish-list.
Another player who appears to be leaving the Etihad is defender Maicon. Having arrived only last summer, and having previously vowed to fight for his place next season, it now seems the club are willing to let him go.
And finally, in spite of all these comings and potential goings, we should remember that City don’t actually have a manager…yet.
But it seems Manuel Pellegrini will officially (and finally) be unveiled early next week.
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