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Mancini: Fernandinho clause too much

May 3, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Roberto Mancini has told Shakhtar Donetsk that Manchester City will not activate their release clause for Fernandinho.

GettyImagesFernandinho excelled for Shakhtar in the Champions League this season

City boss Mancini believes the Brazilian midfielder is a fine player and the former Premier League champions are thought to be interested in signing the 27-year-old. However, Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu stated the Premier League club would have to pay €50 million (£42.3 million) to lure Fernandinho to Manchester, and Mancini said: “I heard their manager say his price is €50 million. I think that is too much.”

Mancini also insisted that it was not an error to sign Scott Sinclair from Swansea last summer, even though the £6.2 million winger has only made two league starts and none since September.

“No, it is not a mistake,” the Italian added. “When we bought him we thought that he was a good player.”

Sinclair, who has not scored for City, has only played 69 minutes of Premier League football since September and Mancini believes the problem is that he has not proved a like-for-like replacement for Adam Johnson.

The England international, who joined Sunderland in August, made 26 league appearances in his final season at the Etihad Stadium, including ten starts, and scored six goals.

Now Mancini believes it would be better for Sinclair to leave City and said: “I’m sad because it’s difficult for me to see Scott frustrated like this. We brought him instead of Johnson and hoped he would be like Adam but Adam is so different as a player.”