Fernandinho admits he is close to signing for a Manchester club

by Sam Peoples

“I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January.” Fernandinho¬†

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fernandinho has told Italy’s Calciomercato that he will be playing football in the Premier League for a Manchester club this January.

The 27-year-old is known for his box-to-box style of play that sees him all over the pitch in both attack and defence, and he has been an integral part of Donetsk’s successful Champions League campaign that saw them top a group including Chelsea and Juventus.

In the past, Fernandinho has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League.

He said: “If I had the opportunity to play in the Premier League I think that my qualities would improve even further.

“I believe that the tactical roles of the players are very important, as well as its defensive responsibilities.

“However, these last years we have seen new, more aggressive players with very diverse styles, which make the games even more interesting. If I could combine all these roles, I could give considerable value to the Premier League.

“I like England a lot. It is a beautiful country and if I had the opportunity to live here, it would be very good for me and my family.”

A box-to-box, goalscoring midfielder would be very welcome at Old Trafford but given that we haven’t signed anyone like that in recent years, there is nothing to suggest that we would make the move in January – but the thought of Manchester City having Fernandinho alongside Yaya Toure isn’t a pleasing one, considering how much energy their midfield already possesses.

Update: According to Sport Witness, the quotes at hand have been fabricated and the story has no ground.

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