Not much happened on the January transfer deadline-day. Despite the fact that for a time it looked like Manchester City were going to complete a double-swoop for FC Porto duo Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando.
With talk of multi-million-pound bids and private jets ready to go, Blues fans would have no doubt been getting excited at the prospect of their side looking even stronger than before. But in the end, neither deal happened, and it could be argued that Manuel Pellegrini’s side are struggling slightly as a result.
In the aftermath, soon-to-be free-agent Fernando reportedly agreed a new deal with Porto that saw a €30million release-clause inserted into his contract; instantly transforming him from bargain of the summer to expensive addition.
However, the player’s manager Antonio Araujo has revealed, in quotes published by Record, that Fernando could still leave Portugal for less than his new buy-out clause.
“I do not exclude the change by a lower amount than the termination clause,” Araujo is quoted as saying.
“The willingness to discuss this hypothesis exists.”
So a player who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League could still do just that – and for less than €30million.
Now City, along with the likes of Manchester United (who have regularly been linked with the Brazilian) and Liverpool, have to ask themselves how high they are willing to go.
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