Shakhtar playing hardball over Fernandinho

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Man City have been told they will have to pay more than £40m if they are to land Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho in the summer.

Roberto Mancini has made the tough tackling midfielder one of his top targets in the transfer window but Shakhtar have stated that he won’t be leaving on the cheap.

Shakhtar clinched the Ukrainian title last weekend and their manager Mircea Lucescu singled out Fernandinho and veteran Dario Srna for special praise in the team’s performance.

The Mail report that he said: “In the second half, everything changed on the pitch. I would like to mention the character of two players in this regard – Fernandinho and Srna. They showed by their game that they couldn’t leave the pitch today without winning the title. They were a sparkplug for the rest.”

‘If City want him, the clause is £42.3m’

He went on to say that he thinks that Man City would not be a step up for Fernandinho and that he would help the player leave if a real ‘big club’ came in for him: “If City want to [sign Fernandinho], the clause is £42.3m.

“If our players receive offers from teams higher than Shakhtar, we do everything possible to help them. Currently, I think Manchester City are not at our level.”

The price tag is unlikely to deter Man City and if Mancini makes it clear to his board that he sees Fernandinho as a key signing, then they will pay what it takes to get their man.

This latest news casts further doubt over the future of Gareth Barry and Samir Nasri, who could both be part of a mass clear out by Mancini this summer.

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