Shakhtar tell Man City to up Fernandinho bid

Shakhtar Donetsk manager Mircea Lucescu has told Man City that they will need to meet the £42.3m release clause if they want to bring star midfielder Fernandinho to the Etihad, reports the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian, capped five times, has been playing in the Ukraine with Shakhtar for the past five seasons, but according to the report, City boss Roberto Mancini has earmarked Fernandinho as one of a number of high-quality signings needed in order to bring the Premier League title back to the blue side of Manchester.

Lucescu however, says the English sides’ valuation of £23m is not enough, and questions whether the midfielder would want to move to City:

“If City want to [him], 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.”

Fernandinho was instrumental in Shakhtar’s Champions League performances this season, which saw him score against Chelsea in their 2-1 home win over the London outfit.

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