A story which will no doubt bring smiles to the faces of Manchester City’s supporters has today come to light, regarding Fernandinho’s arrival at the club from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.
Since having made the switch to the Etihad, Brazilian international Fernandinho has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in the Premier League, with his selfless displays in front of City’s back-four having long provided the club’s bevvy of attacking talent with a platform on which to run riot.
His name is often overlooked by fans when noting the Citizens’ most important stars, but the fact that he has gone on to make 138 Premier League appearances for the club since his arrival four years ago should in itself speak volumes as to his crucial nature at the Etihad.
While it is almost difficult to picture City’s midfield without their ever-present Brazilian nowadays, the truth is that his transfer to Manchester almost collapsed due to his former club’s demands back in the summer of 2013.
Shakhtar were, at the time, demanding £34 million for their midfield dynamo, while City were not willing to raise their offer beyond £30 million.
A standoff ensued, with negotiations only revamped after Fernandinho himself offered to forego £4 million that he was owed by Shakhtar, instead putting this money towards his own transfer fee to push a move to the Premier League through.
And the rest, as they say, is history.