Fernandinho arrives for medical ahead of €29m Manchester City move

The Premier League club have reached a compromise with Shakhtar Donetsk over a fee for the Brazil midfielder, who will join Spain international Jesus Navas at the Etihad Stadium
By Paul Clennam

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho has arrived for a medical ahead of his proposed €29.4 million move to Manchester City.

The 28-year-old Brazilian arrived at the city’s Bridgewater hospital for tests on Wednesday afternoon ahead of a tour of the club's Carrington training ground after agreeing a €118,000-a-week deal at the Etihad Stadium.

Shakhtar had included a release clause worth €48m in the box-to-box midfielder's contract, but City officials have reached a compromise deal worth just over €19m below that fee after talks with the Ukrainian outfit, with a further €6m possible in performance-related bonuses.

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Goal revealed last month that Fernandinho is one of six top-level targets for the Premier League runners-up this summer on a €140m-rated shortlist also including Edinson Cavani, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, Diego Novaretti and Jesus Navas, who was revealed to have agreed terms with City on Monday.

The Brazilian, who has frequently expressed his desire to join City on Twitter in recent months, had lobbied for Shakhtar to reduce his release clause, fearing that a move to the Premier League could fall through.

"The day I signed, the club’s director guaranteed me that was normal with his players, and that in a transfer, we could negotiate and reach an agreement on the price," he said last month.

"I trusted them, and I didn't think about the consequences it would bring me in the future. My dream is being threatened because of the high valuation."

However, he could now be announced as a City player as early as this weekend, making him the second major signing of the summer alongside Navas, with the club still yet to confirm the arrival of former Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as Roberto Mancini’s successor.

The Ukrainian outfit have been heavily linked with Gremio's Fernando in Brazil as a potential replacement for the 28-year-old in central midfield.