Manchester City have finally completed the signing of Porto defensive midfielder Fernando for £12m.
City may have clinched the Premier League title again in May, but that hasn't stopped manager Manuel Pellegrini from strengthening his squad. They have already snapped up Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna on a free transfer, and now they have finally completed the protracted deal to sign Fernando.
The Brazilian, 26, has been a regular of the Porto midfield in recent years, and his outstanding displays as a holding midfielder have resulted in him being called 'The Octopus' - a reference for how it seems that the midfielder has so many legs because he's always breaking up attacks.
It's a role that City have been lacking from their team since the sale of Nigel de Jong to AC Milan, and whilst the deal has been in he pipeline for around six months, Fernando is now a City played and will take the number six shirt which was vacated when Joleon Lescott signed for West Brom earlier this month.
City fans on Twitter were generally happy with the addition, though some had questions over the possible ramifications of Yaya Toure's future after Fernando's arrival was announced.
Happy with Fernando! Even tho Javi improved last season, allows us to sell him for £15m or so & still have the full FFP £50m to spend #mcfc— Craig Aggett (@CaspaMcfc) June 26, 2014
The question after Fernando's arrival is: will Yaya Toure leave? #mcfc— J-L (@TheSilvaLining) June 26, 2014
The signing of Fernando looks like a great capture #mcfc— Anthony Walsh (@AnthonyWalsh21) June 26, 2014