Fernandinho admits he wants to join Manchester City this summer.
It was reported last week that the Blues were closing on a deal for the 28-year-old, with a fee in the region of £24million being mooted. However, shortly afterwards, Shakhtar Donetsk warned the Blues they would have to meet the buyout clause in the midfielder’s contract, which would require a club record fee of £42.3million.
Fernandinho has now revealed his desire to make the move to the Etihad Stadium, as he believes this would give him a greater chance of making the Brazil squad for the World Cup Finals next summer. The former Atletico Paranaense star has won five league titles whilst in Ukraine, but he has just five caps for his country, four of which came two years ago.
“I believe my chances of making the World Cup squad will improve if I join City,” he is quoted in The Sun. “My exposure would be better, because Brazil is biased towards the Ukrainian league. What we do here is not recognised in my country.
“Playing in a division, at a club that is considered among the best in the world would help me get back in the Brazilian national team. There are a lot of people in England with good football knowledge. I am motivated to want to play in the Premier League.”