Fernando has signed a new deal with Porto - reportedly to ensure his current club get a fair fee for his services.
Manchester City and United have both been linked heavily with FC Porto midfielder Fernando in the recent past. The naturalised Portuguese Brazilian has been earmarked as a potentially perfect solution to Manchester United’s midfield issues.
As a box-to-box midfielder, swashbuckling in his playing style, he would add the perfect amount of defensive fortitude and attacking verve to the team.
However it seemed Manchester City had stolen in on Deadline Day - he was even reported to be on a private jet flying into Manchester to sign with the club.
His contract at the club was reported to be ending at the end of the season - which made him a perfect and affordable solution to both team’s needs.
AC Milan, Liverpool and Juventus were also said to be keen on the player - but the two Manchester clubs were believed to be the favourites for his signature.
Now however it seems that the chance to sign him cheap is no more.
It is now widely believed that Fernando has signed a new deal at Porto - keeping him at the club until 2017, as reported by O Jogo.
It is a stark contrast from earlier in the week. The player, who almost signed for Everton in the summer before Work Permit issues got in the way, was said to be leaving - his agent stating:
“The future? 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.”
His agent also happens to be his brother - so a new deal would now be a surprise.
But that does not mean he is unattainable.
It was reported toward the end of last year that he would be signing a new deal, regardless of his future plans - as he wants to leave for a price fair to his current club.
Fernando reportedly has a €30 million release clause in his new deal - which will have to be met if anyone wants to pry ‘The Octopus’ away from the Portuguese side.
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