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Shakhtar sign Wellington Nem from Fluminense


Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed the signing of Wellington Nem from Fluminense for €9 million, while compatriot Fernandinho has left the Ukrainian club for Manchester City.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Donbass Arena, on the same day that his fellow Brazilian has moved to the Premier League for £34m (€40m).

Wellington Nem is the ninth Brazilian to join Shakhtar’s books, with Luiz Adriano, Maicon, Douglas Costa, Alan Patrick, Taison, Alex Teixeira, Ismaily and Ilsinho already at the club.

He told the club's official website: "I am very happy to have moved here. I know that this is a club that is used to winning a lot of titles. Also, there is a lot of Brazilian players here.

"I am personally acquainted with Alex Teixeira and Eduardo. However, unfortunately, I do not communicate with them.

"I understand that I need time to adapt to European football. But I'm ready for this."

Fluminense coach Abel Braga previously expressed his disappointment at losing one of his most creative midfielders but conceded the club's precarious financial position made the offer impossible to refuse.

He said: "As the coach I am sorry to see him go but knowing the club's situation off the field it is necessary."

The highly rated winger currently has three senior caps for Brazil, having made his international debut under Mano Menezes in a 3-1 victory over Denmark last year.

The Ukrainian Premier League side are also believed to be working on a €13m deal for Grêmio's Fernando.


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