Fernando departure confirmed: 'Porto great, but still not Manchester United...'

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The agent of Fernando – consequently also his brother – has said the midfielder will leave Porto this summer.

A move abroad has long been mooted for the 26-year-old, who reportedly was on his way to joining Everton in the summer, only to be denied a Work Permit – no longer an issue as he was granted Portuguese citizenship in December.

Throughout the autumn and into January a slew of top clubs were linked with his name, the transfer window culminating with a failed switch to Manchester City alongside team-mate Eliaquim Mangala on deadline day.

Yet with his contract at the Estadio do Dragao set to expire in the summer suitors are still clamouring for his services – Manchester United also interested with Juventus recently entering the fray.

Joca Reges has now confirmed what we all believed to be true – that that in-demand operator will imminently depart Porto in search of greener pastures.

“The future?” he responded to Mais Futebol. “This will be Fernando’s last season at Porto, it has already been decided.

“He has goals and wants to play in a major league.

“Porto are a great club but still can’t compare to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Manchester United.”

The midfielder certainly is angling for a move to a big-time club – and the good news for him to this end is that there’s no shortage of classy outfits willing to offer employment.

As he’s free to sign an agreement anywhere he chooses, much of his next destination will come down to personal choice – as opposed to who can afford a fee – and pay packet offers.

City on the surface look to have been closest to him and so could have an advantage, though United arguably need Fernando more and could offer increased guarantees in terms of playing time.

Don’t rule Juventus out – the Serie A champions have a particular penchant for fruitful free transfers a la Paul Pogba, Fernando Llorente and Andrea Pirlo – so could pursue the enforcer with great resolve.

Where the adopted Portuguese will land remains a mystery for now, but what appears certain is that a high-profile club will profit off of his ambitions come summer with a cost-effective quality addition.

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