Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro could join Porto on loan as the Portuguese side look to replace the outgoing Fernando.
The Portuguese champions are set for a busy transfer window deadline day as they look set to lose two stars to Manchester City and bring in replacements.
According to Spanish paper AS, Porto have turned to Real Madrid’s central midfielder Casemiro to boost their midfield ranks.
The 21-year-old originally joined Los Blancos on-loan in January 2013 from Brazilian side Santos before making the move permanent in the summer for a reported €6m.
Despite being a full Brazilian international, the youngster has yet to fully break into the Real Madrid first-team squad and has predominantly been a member of the B team.
However, despite reported interest from Real Betis, Malaga and Serie A side Inter Milan, it now appears that Casemiro is set for a loan move with Porto as the Portuguese side look to replace Manchester City bound Fernando.
The Citizens have reportedly been fighting it out with neighbours Manchester United for the signatures of both Fernando and Eliaquim Mangala – yet now it seems the only factor preventing a City double-swoop is time.
The Daily Mail have claimed that the Portuguese side have dramatically dropped their asking price for both players as the cash-strapped club are desperate to have the money in the bank now.
Porto’s Brazilian midfielder Fernando is certain to leave regardless as his contract expires in six months and he appears reluctant to agree a new deal. Porto are said to be willing to sell the player now for £7m instead of risking losing him for nothing in the summer.
Fernando will prove to be an acute signing for Manchester City. The 26-year-old has played over 130 games for the club since moving from Brazil in 2007 – helping the club win a famous treble in 2010/11 under the guidance of Andre Villas-Boas.
Manuel Pellegrini will have another star midfielder to compete with an already star-studded midfield consisting of Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia as Manchester City look prepare to dominate for years to come.
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