Finishing a distant second to Man United in the Premier League last season has prompted Man City to get back to their big spending ways and their latest acquisition is 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. According to Shakhtar Donetsk's official website, City ponied up €40 million for the man with just five caps for Brazil (four in 2011, one in 2012).
Though Fernandinho has helped Shakhtar to six Ukrainian Premier League titles and a UEFA Cup win in his eight seasons with the club, the price seems a bit inflated for a player of his age and credentials coming from a league like Ukraine's. Then again, City did pay a then British record €42.5 million for Robinho in 2008 and €30 million for Samir Nasri in 2011. So on that bizarro world scale, it makes a bit more sense.
Plus, his ambition is unmatched. From Reuters:
"This is a change, a challenge and a chance that I have been waiting a long time for. Playing in the Premier League for City is like a dream," he told the club's website (www.mcfc.co.uk)
"My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters."
Yes, all of the titles. Not just one or some. All of them. Be afraid.
Watch the video above for Fernandinho's highlights from last season.
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