‘January departure highly unlikely’ for United’s midfield target says Portuguese press

Long-linked with Manchester United, the latest reports claim Fernando is unlikely to leave FC Porto this month.

Manchester United may have signed Juan Mata – immediately giving their season some much needed shine – but they are still in desperate need of a new central midfielder.

Given the difficulty of signing quality additions midway through the season (although the Spaniard is certainly an exception) most of the names linked with Old Trafford can be easily discounted.

After all, why would the likes of Koke, Arturo Vidal and William Carvalho move in January when they are all pushing hard for titles with their current clubs?

But there is one player who is a more realistic target. Not because he is not playing a vital role in a title challenge of his own, but because come the summer, he could be available for nothing.

That player is FC Porto’s Fernando, who has regularly been linked with both United and Liverpool, and yet for now, remains in Portugal.

Recently his agent had claimed an agreement was in place to extend his current deal, but that remains un-signed, and Portuguese newspaper A Bola today has its say on the latest claims linking Fernando with England.

A departure in January seems highly unlikely,” it states, before quoting the player’s agent in regards to what is said to be a gentleman’s agreement between the player and his current club.

What has to happen will do naturally,” he is quoted as saying.

So it seems even one of the potentially “easier” targets may be beyond United for now. But given David Moyes’ promise of further signings to come, it could be a very interesting summer for fans of the current champions.

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