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£50m twist in Fernandinho tale?

  • 02 May 2013 08:43
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Rumours linking Brazilian playmaker Fernandinho with a summer switch to City continue to dominate the headlines for a second day.

Yesterday, reports in the British media suggested that a deal to bring the 27-year-old to the Etihad Stadium was nearing completion for £23m. 

But in an expensive twist, the Daily Star has revealed that the midfielder has a £50m release clause that the Blues would have to meet to secure his services. 

"Fernandinho has a £50m buy-out clause in his contract and Shakhtar are set to play hardball with the Blues," write Jeremy Cross and David Woods. 

"The attacking midfield star is desperate to come to the Premier League but Shakhtar want to keep him.

"A source said: 'He wants to go to England but will not force his club’s hand.'"

This looks to be another story that will run for some time yet!

Elsewhere, the Blues look set to miss out on AC Milan star Stephan El Shaarawy, after the Italian stated his wishes to remain with the Rossoneri for the rest of his career.

Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani declared this week that he has no intention of parting with the 20-year-old star, and it seems as if the feeling is mutual.

ESPN.com explains: “The forward, speaking as he collected his Milannews Award as the Rossoneri's best player for 2012, has stressed that he has no intention of leaving the San Siro.

"‘I am feeling good at Milan and hope to stay for life,’ he said on La Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘Hearing Galliani's words, that I am not for sale, made me extremely pleased.’"

Remember, we’ll be the first this summer with any confirmed ins or outs at the club on mcfc.co.uk!

Finally, Swansea defender Neil Taylor has come to the defence of his old teammate Scott Sinclair, ahead of Saturday’s fixture which will see City’s summer signing return to the Liberty Stadium for the first time.

Sinclair action

Sinclair has made just two starts in the Premier League since making the switch, but Taylor revealed that the Welsh winger can be a success for the Blues.

He told the Daily Express: “It hasn’t worked out for him but that’s why he has got the length of contract that he has, to try to break into the side. I’m sure he was aware when he signed that he wasn’t going to play the same amount of games he did for Swansea last season.

“But he is challenging himself at the top level, so no one can begrudge him that.

“It can be tough. It’s a completely different ball game for wingers compared to defenders like me.

“The amount of quality they have at Manchester City is unbelievable and perhaps they haven’t had the injuries to other players which might have given him a chance. But he has got plenty of time to break in.”

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