Manchester City’s plans for a title charge in 2013-14 are taking shape, with a £30 million deal to land Fernandinho the club’s first piece of business in what looks set to be a busy couple of weeks.
The Brazil international signed on a five-year contract on Thursday after impressing City officials in the Champions League for Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sevilla winger Jesus Navas is expected to join Fernandinho at the Etihad Stadium, while Manuel Pellegrini will reportedly replace Roberto Mancini as manager next week as the club look to justify their status as second favourites with Paddy Power to win the league next year.
Fernandinho, who has represented his country five times, admitted he has been “waiting a long time” for the chance to play in the Premier League. He has described his move to City as a “dream”.
“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. Professionally this is a spectacular thing,” the 28-year-old told the club’s official website.
“Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.”
City fans will be hoping Fernandinho’s signing is followed by more big-money arrivals as the club aim to wrestle the Premier League crown from Manchester United’s grasp (United are currently 21/10 favourites in the Premier League betting odds), a title they won for the first time in 44 years the previous season.
Supporters will start to believe the club can challenge the best in Europe next term if Spain international Navas completes his move. He is a medical away from making the switch to England.
Pellegrini will inherit a strong squad when he takes the reins and will have his own recruitment plans. With the backing of the club’s wealthy owners, he will be confident of turning City into the most feared side in the Premier League.