Reports in recent hours have claimed that Manchester City are in talks with FC Porto over the possible double-transfer of Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala to the Etihad Stadium.
Given that City already have the likes of Fernandinho and Yaya Toure and Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic in midfield and defence respectively the link suggests Manuel Pellegrini is no longer building a team but building a legacy.
But what will they make of the latest claims in the red half of Manchester? After all, both players have been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the past, with Fernando an ideal signing for a club who have struggled in midfield for quite some time; while Mangala would be an excellent replacement for Rio Ferdinand, who seems likely to leave next summer.
And yet it is City who appear closer to getting their men, with Portuguese newspaper Record reporting early this morning that Fernando had already agreed a move – be that this month or next summer – and that the Blues were now attempting to finalise the transfer of Mangala.
With the Daily Mail reporting that a bid of £35million could be enough to sign both players (we have our doubts about that) Pellegrini could soon have two more outstanding players to add to a roster that is the envy of most clubs not just in England but in Europe.
Of course it could all be paper-talk. After all, today is the day when that becomes even more excitable. But if City do sign one or both players, they will merely add to the quality Pellegrini already possesses in those positions.
At United, on the other hand, the arrival of those same players would transform them.
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