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Shakhtar replace Fernandinho with Fernando

Published: Thursday 13 June 2013, 14.15CET
Having sold Fernandinho to Manchester City FC, FC Shakhtar Donetsk have landed Brazil and Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense midfielder Fernando as an €11m replacement.
Shakhtar replace Fernandinho with Fernando
Fernando is with the Brazil squad at the FIFA Confederations Cup ©Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Thursday 13 June 2013, 14.15CET

Shakhtar replace Fernandinho with Fernando

Having sold Fernandinho to Manchester City FC, FC Shakhtar Donetsk have landed Brazil and Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense midfielder Fernando as an €11m replacement.

FC Shakhtar Donetsk have filled the hole in their squad left by the departure of Fernandinho by signing Brazil and Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense defensive midfielder Fernando for €11m.

The 21-year-old, in his homeland preparing for the FIFA Confederations Cup, has agreed a five-year contract with the Ukrainian champions. He replaces compatriot Fernandinho, who a week ago completed a reported €40m switch to Manchester City FC.

"I'm sad to be leaving Grêmio and their fans, yet I'm happy that a good team will remain here and the infrastructure of the club is great as well," said Fernando, capped six times by the Seleção. "My future is with Shakhtar, who have big goals in the UEFA Champions League."

Fernando could make his debut for the Pitmen on 9 July against FC Chornomorets Odesa in the Ukrainian Super Cup. His arrival follows that of another Brazilian, 21-year-old striker Wellington Nem from Fluminense FC, last week.

Last updated: 13/06/13 15.09CET

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