Even by today’s footballing standards; 30 million is a lot to spend on one player and only the richest and best clubs can often be able to fork out such an amount. This summer, once again, Manchester City have spent big again in the hope that they can drag back their Premier League title, stolen off them last year by United. And the latest signing joining the Etihad Stadium revolution is Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho.
Born in Londrina, Brazil in 1985 the passing maestro was christened Fernando Luiz Roza which over his childhood years was shortened to Fernandinho from which he is now known. At the age of seventeen, he signed for local club Atletico Paranaenese in the Brazilian second division for which he played for between 2002 and 2005. During his time playing football in his home country he hit a promising 14 goals in 72 games.
However, Fernandinho’s big move came after only three years playing for Atletico when he signed for Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk in a shock transfer. Coming with this move was obviously a huge change in living style which he took time to adapt to, from the humid heat of Brazil to the harsh winters of Ukraine. The Brazilian spent a massive eight years at the club and notched up nearly 200 appearances in an orange and black striped jersey. The highlight of his time being a winner against Chelsea in the Champions League last year.
After having an exceptional 2012-2013 season, which saw the Eastern European side reaching the Round of 16 in the Champions League, a number of big clubs were looking for Fernandinho’s services. After interest from AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, Fernandinho signed for Manchester City for a fee believed to be in the region of £30 million.
So, with new City boss Manuel Pellegrini already confirming the signing of Jesus Navas and on the brink of clinching a deal for Alvaro Negredo, can Fernandinho set the Premier League on fire and make the Sky Blue midfield his own?
By Kobe, YJA Sports Correspondent
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