Manchester United look set to make another bid for Porto midfielder Fernando, with a £7m bid for the Brazilian lined up.
Manager David Moyes is still looking to bring in reinforcements in midfield, even after the £37.1m swoop for Juan Mata. The Spaniard will help improve things at one end of the pitch, but Moyes is still looking to bring in players who can play in front of the back four, allowing the likes of Mata, Adnan Januzaj and of course, Wayne Rooney, to do the attacking work.
That has led Moyes to look at the likes of Alex Song, Nemanja Matic and Esteban Cambiasso, as his quest to find a holding midfield player continues – despite splashing out £27.5m on his former Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini. With Matic now at Chelsea, and Song and Cambiasso seemingly staying with Barcelona and Inter Milan respectively, Fernando is now back in the frame.
26-year-old Fernando has been a mainstay of the Porto side since his 2007 move from Brazilian side Vila Nova, and has attracted the interest of other Premier league sides in recent times, including Liverpool and Arsenal, but the interest from United has been long-standing ever since Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Nicknamed “The Octopus” because he 'seems to be everywhere, as if he has lots of legs', Fernando has earned a reputation for being a midfield enforcer, who can break down an opposition attack and then set the attacking players in the team on their way down the other end of the pitch. This is a vital attribute to have in any team, and it would be especially important in a team containing the aforementioned Mata, Januzaj and Rooney, who prefer to attack rather than track back and defend.
With all the big names being linked to Old Trafford this month, a move for Fernando may not excite fans to the level that Mata has, but a player like Fernando would do all of the dirty work in midfield, enabling United's flair players to express themselves. With Fernando's contract expiring in the summer, United could be set to land themselves a bargain, and whilst the midfielder may never become a star or a key player at Old Trafford, he will offer attributes that will make United a better team when he plays – regardless of how often that is, which will be a nice change for United fans having watched Anderson – who also arrived from Porto – flatter to deceive on a regular basis.
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