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Shakhtar splash the cash on Fernando
Created on Jun. 13, 2013 6:57 PM EST
Shakhtar Donetsk have announced the signing of Brazil international midfielder Fernando from Gremio in a deal worth 11 million euros
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the current Ukrainian Premier League champions, who have a host of Brazilian players in their ranks, including the prolific Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa.
It seemed last week that Fernando's likely destination was Italy after he revealed “well-established negotiations” had taken place between Gremio and Napoli.
However, Shakhtar have swooped to complete a deal for a player who has spent the whole of his professional career with the same club.
Fernando, who is capped six times for his country, has made 140 appearances for Gremio in all competitions, scoring 11 goals in the process.
He will go some way to replacing compatriot Fernandinho in the Ukrainians' midfield, after the 28-year-old sealed a move to Premier League giants Manchester City for a reported 34 million pounds.
While Fernando arrives at the Donbass Arena, Shakhtar have also confirmed that striker Pylyp Budkovskiy will spend next season on loan at PFC Sevastopol.