Shakhtar star ready for switch?
- 05 June 2013 08:24
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Manchester City are preparing to complete a £40 million move for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, if this morning’s reports are anything to go by.
The Blues have long been linked with the Shakhtar Donetsk star and according to The Manchester Evening News; a deal is as good as done.
“City tracked Fernandinho all season and the 28-year-old had made it clear he wished to move to the Etihad to improve his chances of breaking into Brazil’s World Cup squad,” writes Chris Bascombe.
“He caught the eye for the Ukrainians in the Champions League — he scored against Chelsea in the group stages — and has been outspoken in his desire for the move to be completed.”
The Daily Star claim an exclusive report this morning with news that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is chasing Edin Dzeko.
“The new Blues manager has wasted no time in identifying the main striker he wants as he begins his second reign at Stamford Bridge” reports David Woods.
Manchester City won’t want to sell to title rivals, but Mourinho has plotted a tactic to persuade them.
“City – like Chelsea – are keen on Napoli’s £60m-rated Edinson Cavani and any move for Dzeko could be smoothed through by the Londoners stepping aside in the race for the Uruguayan.”
Finally for now, Real Madrid defender Pepe is still very much on City’s radar if a report from the Express is to be believed.
“The Citizens are planning a major overhaul of the squad, and having seen Kolo Toure join Liverpool, Pepe could fit the bill,” claims Charles Perrin.
“According to Spanish sports paper AS, Madrid president Florentino Perez has held talks with Pepe to try and convince him to stay.
“They also note that City are willing to increase his pay packet to over £125,000 per week.”
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