Man Utd to battle Man City for Fernandinho

Not content with fighting it out at the top of the Premier League table, Manchester United and Manchester City look set to do battle in the January transfer window as both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini chase the signature of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The fee for the Brazilian is said to be over £16m and the competition could take City by surprise, as the Mirror claims the league champions were of the understanding that they had reached an agreement with the player. But Ferguson is now rivalling City in their pursuit of the 27-year-old, who, after eight seasons in Ukraine, is said to be keen to move to England.

Shakhtar however are under no financial pressure to sell one of their star names – something that has frustrated Tottenham Hotspur in their bid to sign Willian – while the player would likely prefer to move at the end of the Premier League season, the newspaper adds.

Fernandinho has this year helped Shakhtar out of the group stage of the Champions League, having been drawn in the same foursome as Chelsea. Fernandinho was on the score sheet against the Premier League side at the Donbass Arena as Shakhtar won 2-1, with Shakhtar qualifying behind Juventus from Group E, at the expense of Chelsea.

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