Manchester City has secured the signing of Shakhtar Donettsk defensive midfielder Fernandinho for a fee thought to be around the region of £30m.
The 28-year-old Brazilian has finally put an end to his eight-year spell with the Ukrainian side and will remain at the Etihad till the summer of June 2017.
The new signing will wear the number 25 jersey at managerless City and will be the club’s second signing after Jesus Navas this summer.
Fernandinho told the club’s website that: “My ambition here is to win the titles, the team here is strong and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters.
“Professionally this is a spectacular thing. 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.
“I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more.”
Fernandinho moved to Europe in 2005 after playing for Brazilian side Clube Atletico. He has Champions League experience and scored against Chelsea in Ukraine in the group stage of last season’s competition.
City’s new boy has tasted European success with Shakhtar, however, as part of the team that won the UEFA Cup in 2009.
With the signing of Navas and Fernandinho, City seem to have learnt from their former managers Roberto Mancini’s criticism, who blasted the club’s hierarchy last summer for their relatively inactivity early into the transfer window and failure to his first-choice transfers.