Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Agent F Is Playing Key Role - on and off Field

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Agent F Is Playing Key Role - on and off Field

Article excerpt

AGENT F was at his most effective again this summer as Pep Guardiola sought to overhaul his City squad.

A budget of £300m can go so far - but that wasn't the only weapon in the Catalan's arsenal.

Increasingly, Guardiola and City have turned to the persuasive powers of Fernandinho when landing targets.

He was influential in Gabriel Jesus' move from Palmeiras in January. So much so that the then teenager rejected potential moves to Barcelona, Real Madrid and United before signing for City in a £27m deal.

Fernandinho was not only used to sell Manchester and the club to Jesus, but served as something of a mentor and translator.

And the midfielder - who is still to agree a new contract himself - was in action again over the summer as Guardiola closed in on more Brazilian players in a bid to turn City into genuine title contenders.

He made contact with both goalkeeper Ederson and Danilo before their moves - talking in glowing terms of the club. …

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