Recent reports have suggested that FC Porto midfielder Fernando had agreed a summer move to Manchester City. And yet Portuguese newspaper Record has put a dampener on any additional City celebrations in that regard after publishing quotes from the player’s agent.
Fernando was linked with a January switch to the Etihad – along with teammate Eliaquim Mangala – only for that big-money move to fall through. And yet despite signing a new contract with Porto, thus ruling out the possibility of a free transfer, Fernando is still expected to leave Portugal this summer.
But as for those City rumours, the player’s agent Antonio Araujo is quoted as saying, “Still nothing close” when asked by the press.
With a reported €30million release-clause, a player who could have arrived for nothing will now be anything but cheap. But the presence of that clause does not mean City will have to pay big bucks to get him; only that the negotiating power remains firmly in the hands of Porto.
Fernando would considerably improve Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield, which is perhaps a strange thing to say given the players at the Chilean’s disposal. But the 26-year-old would add something to a side who are now looking to replicate their domestic success in European competition.
A deal may not yet be close, but do not be surprised if Fernando does finally arrive at City prior to the new campaign.